City advocating for photo radar to reduce collisions

Lisa Goudy
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During the 2012 SUMA convention, Mayor Glenn Hagel informally discussed with other community leaders from across the province the notion of photo radar along the Trans Canada Highway within city limits.

Collisions, some fatal, are occurring at an increasing rate on the Trans-Canada Highway by Moose Jaw.

In an effort to get people to slow down and prevent collisions, the Moose Jaw Board of Police Commissioners is advocating for the provincial government to authorize a photo radar pilot project in place as soon as possible.

“There would be a photo radar documentation of vehicle speeds on the Trans-Canada as (the vehicle) passes through Moose Jaw,” said Mayor Glenn Hagel. “There would be bold signage as you enter that area from both sides, clearly indicating that photo radar enforcement is in place.”

Hagel said since the year 2000, there have been 53 collisions at the Trans-Canada Highway and Ninth Avenue Northwest intersection and four people have died. There have been 22 collisions since 2000 at the intersection of the Trans-Canada Highway and Thatcher Drive East.

“A really key piece is that we would want to be absolutely obvious in alerting the Trans-Canada drivers that photo radar is enforced,” said Hagel. “It’s not our objective to catch people speeding. It is our objective to give them the warning so that they know very clearly that if they’re speeding, they’re going to get caught.

“Photo radar, in effect, gives you the effect that people have when they see a police cruiser by the road … they slow down. Photo radar does the same thing if you have the signage to indicate that.”

He said the police commissioner board, the local MLAs and himself met with the provincial minister responsible for Saskatchewan Government Insurance, Minister Donna Harpauer, in early September to make the case for a photo radar test project.

Hagel stated while there are no indications yet on if it will happen, Harpauer said she would raise the concern with her government colleagues as she takes it as a “serious request.” Hagel anticipated that, if adopted, it would take at least a year in order to go through the proper legislation processes.

“What we’re recommending is that we treat this as a pilot project and then do our own review,” said Hagel, adding that the province would be involved in the review. “If they’re feeling cautious about authorizing photo radar enforcement, what we’re saying is treat this as a pilot project and if it proves itself, then act accordingly. If it doesn’t prove itself, then don’t expand it.”

The Moose Jaw Police Service would operate the photo radar because it is within city limits. Therefore, the city would also have jurisdiction to issue tickets.

“Ideally we would prefer to never, ever catch anybody because people would slow down,” said Hagel. “That’s our objective, to slow the traffic down, particularly as it related to those two intersections.”

For more information, see an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.


Organizations: Trans-Canada Highway, Moose Jaw Board of Police Commissioners, Saskatchewan Government Insurance Moose Jaw Police Service Times-Herald

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Canada, Ninth Avenue Northwest

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  • Spudd
    October 21, 2012 - 18:55

    I can't figure out why we just don't install stop lights. Oh ya you can;t put stop lights up on # 1.....that would slow traffic down. Funny how alberta and Manitoba can and have no issues. We need to just get at it and do it. That million dollar off ramp sure helped....NOT.

    October 18, 2012 - 02:40

    Of the 53 collisions, how many would have been prevented by going a few mph slower? Probably very few. Why are politicians and police making traffic engineering decisions? Where are the COMPREHENSIVE traffic engineering studies? Is 53 crashes in 12 years above average compared to other similar roads? That's 4/year which doesn't sound that bad. Police only know law enforcement - let's get some real engineers out there to evaluate the road and make recommendations on how to make it safer. If it involves increased enforcement then perhaps that is an answer. But likely, there are other solutions that will achieve natural safety improvements.

    • Jim Smith
      October 18, 2012 - 09:06

      Really - 4 people per year dying for no reason is "not too bad". Are you kidding me, what if that was your family that was wiped out, a brother sister, loved one? No one needs to die driving a car, or riding their bike, etc.. We don't have to accept it and whatever can be done to prevent fatalities and injuries is worth it.

    • CKS
      October 20, 2012 - 19:52

      Photoradarscam, the next time you go out to that intersection for a dead peerson or seriously injuured person and have that forever branded in your mind let me know. Lets look at it this way. Wiping off 10 - 15 km off the speed limit, much less 20 - 30 km/hr has a drastic effec due to breaking and stopping time due to reaction timet. If you dont speed then you wont have a problem. Its not a scam, it catches people breaking the law, in an especially dangerous intersection. No one forces those people to speed, So now they can be caught without dedicating manpower to stting out there and putting them to better use solving crimes within the city.

  • DumbFounded
    October 17, 2012 - 19:21

    The police can't be bothered to spend much time ticketing speeders. I drive past 4 times a day and am always being passed by idiots. Whatever taxpayer monies being thrown at RCMP is wasted money. Setup a Provincial Police force and Rule #1 is ex-RCMP need not apply. Tell them that their gas, uniforms, bullets, paychecks, retirement monies and healthcare benefits are coming 100% solely from ticketing. Photo radar is nothing but a politician's typical band-aid fix to lazy policing. DF