Regina mayor insists red light camera has been broken too long

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October 8, 2013 - 1:39pm
One of the city's functional red light cameras at Albert St. and Saskatchewan Drive. Photo by Patrick Book, News Talk Radio
One of the city's functional red light cameras at Albert St. and Saskatchewan Drive. Photo by Patrick Book, News Talk Radio

Regina's mayor is not buying any excuses for why a red light camera in the city hasn't been fixed in three years.

As News Talk Radio told you recently the red light camera at Dewdney Avenue and Lewvan Drive hasn't been operational for three years. Officials sitting on a red light camera committee say it's a complex decision whether it gets fixed or replaced with something new; they feel they need more information to make that call. A Regina Police Service officer on the committee even said it might be pointless to replace the camera now just to replace it with something newer and more high-tech down the road.

But mayor Michael Fougere doesn't see that as a viable excuse. He insists three years is simply too long, regardless of what variables are in play.

"There is always new technology, there is always things that could happen but this is part of a strategy and program to protect people at intersections and get some discipline and safety in those intersections. Three years is too long."

Fougere admits that while he wants to see action taken he also isn't even sure what that action should be.

"We will do something. What that is...it certainly shouldn't have taken three years to get this fixed."

Fougere says he had no idea the camera wasn't working until News Talk Radio's stories hit the airwaves.