Mayoral candidate Ouellette announces plans to review photo enforcement program – Winnipeg Free Press

Mayoral candidate Robert-Falcon Ouellette announced plans to review the city’s photo enforcement program at a press conference on Saturday.

“Since its inception, the City of Winnipeg Photo Enforcement Program has seen a steady increase in the number of tickets issued and fines collected,” said Ouellette. “The team heard that many citizens want council to conduct a comprehensive review of the city’s photo enforcement program.

If elected, Ouellette said he plans to implement two changes to Winnipeg’s traffic control system: issuing first-ticket warnings and speed limits in construction zones.

Winnipeg mayoral candidate Robert-Falcon Ouellette said he plans to implement two changes to Winnipeg’s traffic control system: issuing first-offence warnings and speed limits in traffic zones. construction. (Daniel Crump/Winnipeg Free Press)

In the first instance, a ticket for the traffic violation would be issued, but with a fine waived for the first offence.

“It’s not fair to a single mom trying to drop her kids off at school, who may be in a bit of a rush, but inadvertently may have gone a bit over the speed limit,” Ouellette said. “It may be appropriate for her not to receive a ticket in the mail at the time of the month when she has to pay for other things.”

Proposed speed limits in construction zones will improve signage and better reflect the type of construction and when workers are at work, he said.

Mayoral candidate Robert-Falcon Ouellette announced plans to review the city’s photo enforcement program at a press conference on Saturday. (Daniel Crump/Winnipeg Free Press)

The announcement comes after Winnipeg Police Service Chief Danny Smyth voiced concerns about the city’s outdated photo radar technologies in a Free press article published on Friday.

Smyth explained that current legislation written in the Image Capture By-law of 2002, part of the Highway Traffic Act, prevents the city from using new technologies.

“If this stays the status quo, the equipment is going to deteriorate to the point where we won’t be able to use the program at all,” Smyth said in an interview with the Free Hurry.

When asked if he would work with the province to update the photo radar system, Ouellette said he would consider improving it while considering alternatives to photo radar.

“Obviously the technology has changed as well, so it’s important to make sure we stay up to date,” he said.

Ouellette believes Winnipeg’s current traffic ticketing system focuses too much on raising revenue, rather than keeping drivers, pedestrians and cyclists safe on the road. A review would help the city gauge what actually makes roads safer, rather than what generates the most money from fines, he said.

“The city’s goal should be maximum safety, not maximum fines.”

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Ryan H. Bowman