The city is addicted to the revenue from photo radar. A 30 km/h residential speed limit will allow the city to find the locations where going 30 km/h feels absurd, deploy photo radar cameras, and rake in the cash. If safety was the main concern, we would first look to install more traffic calming measures like speed bumps and extended curbs, which would FORCE drivers to slow down. A speed bump can save a life that a ticket two weeks later in the mail cannot, but a speed bump costs money instead of earns it.
Inevitably, this debate has descended into accusations of caring more about saving a couple minutes than the lives of children. As a father of two small children, I’m all for safety but if this motion gets passed, safety will not be the primary reason. It will be because city council saw a chance to increase revenue while catering to a few noisy Helen Lovejoys and laying the guilt on anyone who might disagree, lest they be labelled selfish.
I’m already anticipating a run of self righteous comments saying “If you don’t like it, just don’t speed”, to which I would respond that it’s a hollow argument that ignores the role citizens have in how our laws are shaped and enforced. One doesn’t have to break a law themselves to disagree with the law or its punishment. -Beckler