There has been a lot of talk in the media about the police not doing enough in the wake of anti-Semitic incidents and pro-Palestinian demonstrations. I agree they may be tip-toeing and trying too hard not to incite these volatile groups, but I can’t blame them. I’ve been around a long time and I know the first time force is used and people are arrested, cameras will be rolling and the media will throw our cops under the bus. It’s predictable.
(Simply put, the cops need to do their jobs)
Cameras don’t stop speeders
A newscast last week announced a record (increased) number of speed-camera tickets issued in November. Rather than lamenting the dangers of disregard for speed limits, news of the record came across as a point of pride. One interviewee had received two tickets within five days — being caught twice in that span by a speed camera. Two offences they were likely unaware of committing, not having been pulled over. As I’ve iterated often, the speed camera program is little more than a cash grab. If it isn’t, why is the city so proud of the massive and growing number of tickets? Why is it adding more cameras to a clearly ineffectual “cure” for speeding? If they worked, there’d be fewer speeders. If we truly want to reduce speeding, the solution is cops with radar guns, on the road, pulling speeders over, issuing tickets in real time. To those who lament we can’t afford more cops, if speeders are generating so much revenue, use that to fund more roadside speed stops. The “two in five days” supports this contention. I would almost guarantee, if they had been pulled over the first time, the offender wouldn’t have been speeding a second time — five days later — before the first ticket even landed in the mail. When are politicians going to offer some honesty and less hypocrisy, and admit speed cameras don’t reduce speeding and are a failure in that regard? They’re nothing more than a cash grab, not reducing speeding while only generating mountains of cash. Little wonder they want to install more ineffective photo radar camera ATMs.
(Indeed, the goal should always be safer roads.)
It is amazing watching TV news keep pushing NDP attacks on the UCP over health-care problems. The news omits that Alberta has added 195,000 new people. How about going after Trudeau for allowing over a million people into Canada without health infrastructure for them.
(The health-care problems didn’t crop up overnight though.)
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