I just got a photo radar ticket. I know I did.
I was cruising down this sublime stretch of road; it’s got gradual curves and gentle slopes – a perfect road for someone who loves to drive as much as I do. As I emerged from underneath a bridge overpass I saw it – the tan Ford Expedition parked suspiciously in the turn out lane – and I knew I’d been caught. I cruised past doing 80km in a 60km zone, barely having time to hit the brakes as I came level with Mr. Radar. There wasn’t another car within 500 yards of me, so they will certainly have gotten a clear shot of my plate.
Inevitably, I’ll get that envelope stamped from the city in a week or so time requesting that I pay whatever 20Km over will work out to… I’m guessing it’ll be about $200.
This won’t affect the amount of insurance I pay in the coming year, the cost to register my vehicle, or anything really at all, other than the one $200 hit. I realize that kind of money isn’t what I could find in my couch, but by the same token, it’s not enough of a hit do to anything other than annoy me. Maybe I’ll forego buying that new dress for a month, but that’s probably about it.
In conferring with my contemporaries on the subject of photo radar most feel the same as me; it’s nothing other than an annoyance. There are no longer term ramifications to it, so at maximum we may slow down a touch for the next few weeks until the memory of the fine fades and we’re faced with another open stretch of perfect snow-free spring pavement.
I realize that it’s much easier for cops to issue tickets in this manner, but I don’t see it having any lasting affects on people’s driving. What I’m saying is that it is not making the roads any safer (which I thought was the point of issuing traffic violations). It’s the driving tax we will all pay at one time or another, however begrudgingly. If they want to facilitate a step change in how people drive they’ll have to come up with something that hurts a little more.
Until that time… I’ll take another 200 Aeroplan points on my credit card, thanks.