From the too-bad-so-sad department:
The politician in charge of the Winnipeg Police Service says the city cannot afford to reimburse people who have already paid their photo radar tickets… Gord Steeves, chair of the city’s standing policy committee on protection and community services, said the hit to the city’s revenue will be between $3 million and $10 million, depending on how many fines have to be paid back. “We don’t have the extra money in our budget to do refunds,” he said…
Steeves is also concerned about the city’s five-year contract with ACS Public Sector Solutions, which operates the photo radar system. He isn’t sure what will happen to that contract if the volume of tickets drops significantly.
The company is poised to earn $25 million over the contract, but the deal depends on a certain volume of tickets to cover costs, said Steeves…
The issue has been a hot topic of controversy since provincial court judge Norm Sundstrom dismissed nine photo radar tickets earlier this year.
According to provincial law, the temporary speed limit when passing construction zones is 60 kilometres per hour. Although the drivers whose tickets were dismissed had exceeded that limit, they were not going faster than the regular 80 km/h speed limit for that particular roadway, and there were no workers present.
Without the workers, there was no safety issue, so the regular speed limit should apply, Sundstrom ruled.