Traffic Report: Alberta town uses sneaky photo radar

A yellow utility box is shown in this stock photo by Getty Images.

The city of St. Albert, Alta. has a clandestine way of ensnaring speeding motorists: hide the cameras in utility boxes.

So far it has worked like a charm, generating $8.5 million in revenue for the city since 2011, but motorists are not happy.

"I don't really approve of things being hidden," resident Jean Hancock told the CBC.

St. Albert Mayor Nolan Crouse, however, is unrepentant.

"If you don't want to get caught ...or you don't want to pay a fine, then don't speed.”

Whitehorse airport smash-up

If you think plane tickets amount to a form of robbery, how about coming back from your trip to find your car vandalized in the airport parking lot.

Recently, about 20 vehicles parked at the Whitehorse airport long-term parking lot had their windows smashed. This compelled one traveller to drive back to his house and take a cab to the airport instead. The lot is not equipped with security cameras and one vehicle was also reported stolen.

There is, however, a sign warning travelers to park at their own risk. This may come as a surprise given airport security has been a hot-button issue in recent years and security measures inside airports have been significantly strengthened across provinces.

Regina ‘parking ambassadors’ help drivers

Don’t run away from the parking enforcement officer so fast, he may be trying to help.

Regina has designated four of its traffic cops as “parking ambassadors” who speak with drivers in the city’s downtown core to educate them about parking options and warn them of potential violations. The ambassadors hand out pamphlets that contain information on common parking transgressions such as being too close to a fire hydrant or blocking a driveway.

Parks Canada puts down bear cub after car accident

A vehicle in Kamloops, B.C. collided with a black bear and its cub, leading to their deaths alongside the Trans-Canada Highway. Parks Canada removed the deceased animals, which were obstructing traffic, and learned that another two-month old cub was orphaned as result of the accident.

Park officials were also forced to put down the infant cub, as they feared it would not be able to survive on its own. Motorists are reminded to follow the speed limit and drive with caution through national parks.
Find a Lawyer