A review of Spruce Grove’s photo radar system is underway, after complaints from the community.
The aim of the review is to examine where radar is set up, how enforcement is done, and the financial implications of the program. A safety analysis is also to be conducted.
Mayor Stuart Houston told Global News, the photo radar system isn’t just a cash grab by his city.
“We are criticized that it’s done in regards to collecting revenue, but the City of Spruce Grove earmarked the program to improve our city,” said Houston. “And I will say this… All-State Insurance, has recognized Spruce Grove as the safest city in Canada to drive in.”
Houston added the photo radar in Spruce Grove has worked at curbing bad driving behaviors.
“If you’re planning on driving through the City of Spruce Grove, your chances of getting a photo radar ticket, or getting an enforcement ticket, are very high, but your chances of being injured with your family, your children, coming to a sporting event, or coming to our city, are the lowest in the country, so it’s worked,” said Houston. “Safety is working for us.”
The review will be conducted by the city of Spruce Grove, RCMP, enforcement services and the finance department. (scb)