"It's a cash grab...It hasn't increased safety on the streets of British Columbia." That's what premier-elect Gordon Campbell said in 2001 just before acting on a campaign promise to scrap the province's photo radar program. He kept that commitment over the objections of municipal politicians and police chiefs. So it may surprise you to learn his government is now asking what you think about photo radar.
Here's what's happened: during last week's speech from the throne, the Campbell administration announced it would be making significant changes to reduce dangerous driving and improve public safety. It didn't say what those changes will be.
But I've since learned the ministry of public safety and solicitor general has hired a polling firm to ask British Columbians about road safety issues - including how effective they think photo radar would be in reducing speed and crashes in British Columbia.
So why would they ask that question unless the Liberals are considering rebuilding the program they scrapped to earn some cheap political capital nine years ago?
The following is a complete copy of that polling question, which is being posed by NRG Research Group Inc. and was exclusively obtained by Public Eye.
Now I'd like to ask a question about automated speed enforcement. It uses a camera to photograph vehicles travelling at dangerous speeds. The photos are then reviewed and violation notices are mailed to their vehicle owner. Overall, how effective would you say this type of system would be in reducing speed and crashes in B.C.? Would you say very effective, somewhat effective, somewhat ineffective or very ineffective?