Winnipeg mayoral candidate pledges to review photo radar and waive fines for first offenders


A Winnipeg mayoral candidate promises to review the use of photo radar in the city, a move he says would allow motorists to get a pass for a first offense if caught driving accelerate or run a red light.

Robert-Falcon Ouellette also promised on Saturday that he would ask the city council to review the use of speed control in construction zones to better consider its use when workers are or are not present and the type of work. carried out.

The end goal of the review, he said, is to completely remove the app from Photos.

Ouellette said photo radar violations have rebounded to pre-COVID-19 pandemic levels, a claim supported by public data from the City of Winnipeg. This reality, he said, runs counter to the stated goal of the photo enforcement regime: to increase road safety.

“If the goal of the program is to encourage Winnipeggers to drive safely, they should have the chance to learn from their mistakes,” he told a news conference near a fixed camera at the traffic lights. red at the corner of Grant Avenue and Wilton Street. .

A 2020 CBC analysis found that mobile photo radar efforts just east of where Ouellette was located accounted for about 20% of the city’s mobile app violations between 2013 and 2019.

“This road is notorious because it traps a lot of people,” Ouellette said.

Ouellette said he wants the fines waived for a first photo radar offense, a courtesy that renews if drivers aren’t caught by photo radar again for two years. Tickets would still be issued but not a fine, he said.

He used an analogy of a stressed single mother rushing to get her children to school who makes a mistake by speeding up.

“It would be appropriate if she didn’t get a ticket in the mail at that time of the month when she has to pay for something else, her apartment or her food. Sometimes a $300 ticket isn’t what people need in their life.”

Ouellette conceded that changes to the photos application would require buy-in from the provincial government. The Winnipeg Police Service operates the program, but it exists in law under the Highway Traffic Act and related statutes.

Registered vehicle owners are those who receive penalty notices under provincial legislation.

It’s at least the fourth pledge Ouellette has made in his last run for mayor that would require a change in provincial law.

“Again, we are up against the rules and the jurisdiction of the province,” he said. “But to build the city we want…we have to change the rules.”

Ouellette said his review will also focus on the timing of amber lights in the city, signage and traffic calming measures.

The candidate promises dozens of town halls

Another mayoral candidate, Kevin Klein, pledged on Saturday to hold more than 30 town hall-style meetings ahead of the Oct. 26 election.

Its website currently bills for 13 such events in various parts of the city throughout September.

Ouellette and Klein are among 14 people vying for the mayor’s chair. Current mayor Brian Bowman announced in 2020 that he would no longer be running for re-election.

The other candidates are Idris Adelakun, Rana Bokhari, Chris Clacio, Scott Gillingham, Shaun Loney, Jenny Motkaluk, Jessica Peebles, Rick Shone, Govind Thawani, Desmond Thomas and Don Woodstock.

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