Speeding in Halifax Costs Motorists 1.7 Million Dollars in Fines in 2010


see source, The ChronicleHerald.ca Metro

Lead-footed drivers in the Halifax area rang up more than $1.7 million in fines for speeding this year.

The Halifax Regional Police/RCMP integrated traffic unit has issued more than 6,100 speeding tickets this year, most of them to drivers travelling 16 to 30 kilometres per hour over the posted limit, said Const. Brian Palmeter of regional police.

He pointed out that the money raised from fines doesn’t go to the police forces.

Police set up radar devices in areas where they get complaints about speeders, Palmeter said.

“Unfortunately there are a number of spots where officers are on a regular basis,” he said.

Some drivers have tried to fight back online by posting the location of common speed traps.

Speedtrap.org describes itself as a place to find out about and discuss speed traps. On Thursday, there were 20 Nova Scotia entries on the website, with five referring to the same spot — where Highway 102 becomes Bayers Road. Some 169 people had agreed that that location is a speed trap.

The spot garnering the second-most votes — 46 — was the Dartmouth approach to the A. Murray MacKay Bridge, near the toll plaza. One upset commuter has created a Facebook page called I Hate the McKay (sic) Bridge Speed Trap.

Palmeter acknowledged that officers are often posted near the toll plaza trying to get drivers to slow down.

“We’re talking safety concerns,” he said. “There are people working in those tolls.”

Palmeter denied allegations that officers have ticket quotas to fill but said they “are expected to go out and enforce the Motor Vehicle Control Act.”

The speed trap ranking in third place on the website was also inbound on Highway 102, just past Exit 5A. It garnered 44 votes from drivers.

The highest-ranking outbound trap was also on Highway 102, just past the airport. It earned 30 votes.

Drivers who choose to push the speed limit face pricey fines — $225.21 for going up to 15 km/h over the limit; $282.71 for 16 to 30 over and $397.71 for 30 or more over.

Of the more than 6,100 tickets police had handed out this year in the Halifax area as of Thursday, nearly 75 per cent, or 4,550, fell into the middle category. Some 883 were in the slowest of the three brackets while 722 were in the fastest category.

Officers have also issued nine tickets for exceeding 50 km/h in a residential area and 10 tickets for going over 50 in a business district.

The most expensive speeding ticket police can give out is $2,400 for stunting — driving more than 50 km/h over the limit. None of those tickets have been handed out this year, Palmeter said.

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One thoughtful comment

  1. Of all the social ills that the police exist to minimize, they focus on speeding. Doing something legal too quickly seems minor if anything.

    Perhaps the money raised by the tickets could be used to make the dangerous areas safer. Leaving areas unsafe by design is horrible, and tickets clearly aren’t the answer if speeding is a perpetual problem. There are electronic solutions for toll roads, or the toll could be eliminated instead of hassling more drivers while complaining how dangerous it is to collect tolls.

    I’ve seen these signs up for decades in the same locations. Maybe it’s time to fix problems instead of strictly enforce, unless making millions is better than preventing deaths-

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