OK, something that I really don’t like about Alberta. Photo radar.
We used to have it in Ontario, only, as I recall, for a few years. I never got hit by it. Typically, I don’t speed. Same deal in Calgary, however, they have “Playground Zones”, apparently, EVERYWHERE and since I have been here, I have received three tickets.
The good news is that because they (Calgary Police Service, I guess is the “they”) don’t know that I am driving, there are no points associated with the tickets. It is just a huge (I would guess) cash cow for CPS.
So, these playground zones have a speed limit of 30 Km/h during daylight hours. I received a great Christmas gift on the 24th, a ticket from November 29, 12:41 travelling at 44 Km/h in a 30 Km/h zone. I know exactly where I was, I was heading from my new place to my old place down 9 Avenue SE. I presume that CPS must use a van or something, I have looked and do not see any cameras.
Now, I know what you are thinking – SLOW DOWN in playground zones. Well, I am trying to be better about it. This zone is well known to me, no excuse really, I was likely in a hurry or something – well, rather, whoever was driving my vehicle was in a hurry. 🙂
Yes, I do need to observe these zones more carefully. This ticket will cost me $87. I think the last two that I’ve received cost me a similar amount as well.
Rarely, if ever, do I speed on regular streets or the highway. I am not sure if they use photo radar elsewhere or just in these “zones”.
The picture of the back of my vehicle is clear – it is a Dodge Nitro and the plate is clearly my plate. Dang… Don’t think I can get out of this one.
I would really like to know, and I suppose that I could find out – how much does CPS rake in each year from photo radar? I bet it is a lot of cash. What do they do with this cash? I presume that they can’t have it as part of their regular budget, I mean, if they did and people stopped speeding, they would be out of a lot of revenue.
I am also not sure if I agree with the 30 Km/h thing in playground zones. This one in particular is a playground that is completely fenced in. Now, I am by no means saying that we don’t need to be safe around playgrounds, I guess I am really complaining that I have to pay an $87 fine. I guess really, I am complaining about being caught.
Perhaps a New Years Resolution would be to actively try to slow down in these zones and make 2014 a fine free year – how’s that?