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Thu Apr 12 4:52 pm  #1


Photo Radar in Ontario

A few years back there once was photo radar in Ontario. I seem to remember local radio traffic reports that included reporting on photo radar locations. I wonder what the rationale was to out them? I don't hear about traditional speed traps...

 

Thu Apr 12 5:00 pm  #2


Re: Photo Radar in Ontario

Chrisphen wrote:

I seem to remember local radio traffic reports that included reporting on photo radar locations. I wonder what the rationale was to out them?

Depends on the position of the PD/ND of the station.  If they disagreed with the notion that it was simply a cash grab, they'd have their Traffic person spill the beans.
 

 

Thu Apr 12 10:05 pm  #3


Re: Photo Radar in Ontario

I got a ticket on Dec. 24 at about 7 am around Morningside & 401. There wasn't a car in sight in any direction, all of sudden I see -- FLASH -- in the mirror from a van on the shoulder. A total money grab.
 

 

Fri Apr 13 9:47 pm  #4


Re: Photo Radar in Ontario

Photo radar actually controlled super speeding on the 401. It didn't take too long after photo radar was put into place for a regualr commuter to become familiar with where it would be located and easily recognize the non-descript vans on the shoulder of the highway ahead. Once photo radar was scrapped the speed on the 401 increased by 20 - 30 km/hour - from 110 -120 to 120 - 140 and beyond. I was sorry to see it go.

 

Fri Apr 13 10:38 pm  #5


Re: Photo Radar in Ontario

photo radar in quebec is a joke.  in gatineau, they post permanent road signs...like they need more signs.... to say where the section begins and where it ends.  But with only a few portable radar units, it's entirely random,

To bring it around, radio does not announce the locations, but several traffic websites do.

 

Sat Apr 14 4:07 am  #6


Re: Photo Radar in Ontario

This thread about photo radar sounds like a back-in-the-day Stafford Show. Good times.

 

Sat Apr 14 5:37 am  #7


Re: Photo Radar in Ontario

Storm wrote:

  I was sorry to see it go.

   


what Storm said goes for me too
 

 

Sat Apr 14 1:13 pm  #8


Re: Photo Radar in Ontario

Kilgore wrote:

Storm wrote:

  I was sorry to see it go.

what Storm said goes for me too

It was a cash grab, plain and simple; is that what you miss the most?  Because it had no effect on speed control.  Sure, people slowed down when they were alerted to a radar van, and, once beyond its "circle of vision", they resumed speed, knowing there isn't another van for a fair bit.  

The 401 should have graduated speed lanes -- the right-most:  80-100.  The next lane:  passing.  Followed by: 100-110.  And finally, the left-most:  open that shtye up.  Get rid of any HOVs.

Have the po-po concentrate on real policing matters, instead of being glorified meter/speed maids.  No, I don't miss a left/pinko government entrapping me as I blissfully cruise past the blue hairs pounding on their dashes.
 

 

Sun Apr 15 12:28 pm  #9


Re: Photo Radar in Ontario

My MLA says feedback he receives from constituents is that it should be brought back, but as his party campaigned to eliminate it when debating Bob Rae 20 + yrs. ago, they have decided to live with that for the time being.   Different sentiment over there in Cobourg/Baltimore? 

 

Sun Apr 15 3:33 pm  #10


Re: Photo Radar in Ontario

Storm wrote:

Photo radar actually controlled super speeding on the 401. It didn't take too long after photo radar was put into place for a regualr commuter to become familiar with where it would be located and easily recognize the non-descript vans on the shoulder of the highway ahead. Once photo radar was scrapped the speed on the 401 increased by 20 - 30 km/hour - from 110 -120 to 120 - 140 and beyond. I was sorry to see it go.

During that time I made the trek from Oakville into TO at least 4 times day.  When the Photo Radar came in I saw the same thing on the QEW.  The normal backup heading west at the 427 was merely a slow down.  Traffic flowed really well.  My thoughts are if you speed you know it and don't bitch about the ticket.  It's a conscious choice.
 

 

Sun Apr 15 9:51 pm  #11


Re: Photo Radar in Ontario

tc143 wrote:

I got a ticket on Dec. 24 at about 7 am around Morningside & 401. There wasn't a car in sight in any direction, all of sudden I see -- FLASH -- in the mirror from a van on the shoulder. A total money grab.
 

It's only a cash grab if you weren't speeding.