According to the 2nd quarter reports from the photo radar contractor, a total of 43 hours was spent in this particular site and resulted in 351 tickets. Looking at the total stats for the 2nd quarter (April to June), 43 hours represents 9.5 per cent of their total hours logged for this quarter and 351 tickets represents 44.5 per cent of the total 788 tickets issued for this quarter.
At first blush, one would think, holy cow we have a speeding problem. Before jumping to this conclusion, a few questions that I would like Mr. [David] Schaefer to answer publicly for everyone to see are:
1/ In the last five years how many vehicle accidents have been logged in the RCMP reports for this exact same site (Cardiff Road at/near 94 Street)?
2/ Of the 351 tickets, what was the breakdown of the speeds over (0 to 5); (6-10); (11-20) (over 20) etc. If the bulk of the tickets were under 10 kilometres per hour over the speed limit, one would think it is not quite as serious as Mr. Schaefer indicated during the [Aug. 25] Council meeting.
3/ For every 1,000 vehicles travelling within this zone, how many are speeding over 10 kph?
Mr. Schaefer was quoted as saying: “If you look at the percentages and tickets, the road has a lot of high flyers, and as you’ve seen in the last week we had a death in the near community of this.” Schaefer said referring to a traffic fatality on Highway 2.”
First I would like to remind Mr. Schaefer, that the unfortunate accident that he is referring to was on Highway 2 approximately two kilometers away and should NOT be compared to the so-called speeders on Cardiff Road – different roads, different speeds.
When Councillor [Stepen] Dafoe suggested some “boots on the ground” might be more effective. Mr. Schaefer exclaimed during the discussion that “It’s just not a safe road!”
Maybe Mr. Schaefer, it is time to look into other options to alleviate this so-called “high flyer” speeding zone such as: (a) redesign the road and widen it so that is not so dangerous or, if this isn’t an option, maybe install a three-way stop sign at South Glens entrance or other traffic calming devices. I know for a fact that stop signs have been used at least in three or four other locations within town as traffic calming devices.
In closing, I trust that Administration, the Traffic and Pedestrian Safety Committee, including the RCMP, will look at the bigger picture of this particular photo radar zone and if it is as dangerous as stated by our Director of Operations, then maybe it is time to review other options that would make this road safer.
Although, I wonder just how much revenue 351 tickets brought into Town?