Photo radar urged for city streets
The Hamilton Spectator
(Apr 27, 2007)

A rash of horrific, speeding-related traffic accidents in Hamilton has prompted a call for photo radar in the city.

Hamilton council unanimously approved a motion Wednesday night to study the feasibility of installing photo radar equipment on city streets. Ward 6 Councillor Tom Jackson, who put the motion, is confident city staff will recommend implementation in a report expected in two months or so. "There is an outcry from the grassroots for further deterrents to keep people from using our streets as a drag strip," said Jackson.

He said the photo radar idea came to him after four teenagers died last weekend in Hamilton when the car they were in crashed into a house. "I remembered when the Ministry of Transportation discontinued the provincial photo radar program, under a different administration, and they said the existing equipment could be made available to municipalities upon request," he said.

Council also approved increases to similar tools, such as the surveillance cameras downtown and the red-light camera program.