Earlier, we told you the government has hired a polling firm to ask British Columbians how effective a photo radar system would be in reducing speed and crashes on the province's roads. That public opinion survey comes nine years after the Liberals keep their 2001 campaign promise to scrap that system - a decision they've publicly refused to reverse on at least three occasions according to a review of newspaper archives by Public Eye:
* in May 2001, a number of mayors asked Gordon Campbell to reconsider meeting that commitment. In response, the premier-elect told reporters photo radar - which was unanimously supported by the association representing the province's police chiefs - "doesn't work, it's a cash grab, it hasn't increased safety on the streets of British Columbia and I think all those things have worked against it." He also suggested photo radars supporters are just "seeing dollar signs in their eyes;"
* in March 2002, a 23-year-old Vancouver woman died when her car was hit by another vehicle travelling at excessive speeds. Following that accident, the city's councillors voted to look into what it would take to get photo radar back on the streets. But then attorney general Geoff Plant told The Vancouver Sun's Craig McInnes his government wouldn't make the necessary amendments to the Motor Vehicle Act.
* in May 2006, TransLink's board voted to have photo radar cameras installed on the Pattullo Bridge to slow down speeders. But then solicitor general John Les told The Province's Frank Luba that would be happening. "We clearly said in 2001 we were eliminating photo radar and we did that," the then solicitor general was quoted as saying. "Somebody who's totally flaunting the law, wants to race across the bridge at 12 o'clock midnight at 100 kilometres per hour, is going to be just as unsafe then as with cameras on the bridge."