Town renews traffic enforcement contract for two years

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

Slave Lake will get two more years of automated traffic enforcement. Town council voted in favour of the contract extension with Global Traffic Services at its March 5 meeting.

Councillor Shawn Gramlich was the only councillor to vote against the motion; however he did not give his reasons, or indeed contribute anything at all to the discussion.

Those who did showed they are not totally comfortable with the program. Councillor Darin Busk certainly isn’t, as he has expressed more than once. He likes the improvements to safety in school and playground zones, but doesn’t like the speed traps on the two highways through town.

“I don’t see the benefit,” he said.

One thing that council is willing to consider is the addition of electronic signs on the highway that flash the speed of passing vehicles. Councillor Brice Ferguson said he’d be in favour into looking into it. The idea is it would give those hard-hit out-of-town drivers fair warning that they are speeding. If they still don’t slow down….perhaps they deserve a ticket in the mail.

Statistics over the three years Global has been operating in town show a distinct improvement in (local) driver behaviour in the monitored locations. However, there were still over a thousand tickets issued in school and playground zones.

“We’re still putting children’s lives at risk,” noted councillor Busk.

After approving the contract extension, council voted in favour of a mayor Tyler Warman motion to look into the locations and costs for digital speed-reading signs.

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