It was a revealing and frankly, surprising experience on our show yesterday when I asked if Hamilton was ready to employ photo radar on the Linc and Red Hill in an effort to curb speeding and dangerous driving.
The overwhelming majority of callers and tweets supported the idea.
When photo radar was being used on Ontario highways in the early 1990’s, many Ontario drivers complained that it was nothing more than a cash grab by the government; some even suggested that the police cruisers on the side of the road actually caused accidents as drivers slammed on the breaks to avoid getting nabbed.
None of those arguments made much sense, but the Harris government scrapped the plan anyway and the carnage continued on our roadways.
But that was then, this is now.
The listeners we talked to yesterday took a much more pragmatic view of photo radar.
We are justifiably concerned about excessive speed on the Linc and Red Hill and we are painfully aware of the fatalities that have occurred on those roadways in recent times.
The City has spent a considerable amount of time and money to address those concerns but the abusive driving continues.
It’s time for the Province to allow Hamilton to begin a photo radar pilot project .
Citizens now understand that it’s not a cash grab, it’s about saving lives.