As the final few doors are knocked on, it's clear photo radar opinions have their differences.
 
Council candidates Mike Ferris and Ed Sperling, like many others, agree that photo radar is something that needs to be looked at and reviewed in the Fort.
 
"I support [photo radar] at the intersections but the ones where they're hiding (example: highways), that's just not right, I feel that's not an inhibitor of anything to do with photo radar," explained Ferris. "I would love to see that money put into permanent photo radar in the school zones."
 
Sperling agreed photo radar should be put in school and playground zones, but differed on the highway.
 
"It is a fairly high traffic area, we see a lot of bigger traffic area and it's one of those spots where, yeah, it's a bit of a grab," said Sperling. "On the other hand it's a bit of a reminder too to those that are regular commuters through there that there is a lower speed limit and that needs to be enforced in some way."
 
The majority of candidates running in the Fort's election agree photo radar is good when used in the proper settings.
 
Where the issue gets a bit complicated is when the province wades in to the topic. The Alberta government is currently reviewing the photo radar program as revelations of the program being abused come forward.
 
"I think they're probably going to zero in on some of the communities where they feel that photo radar is maybe being abused a little bit and we are using it more of a revenue generator than actually helping to enforce safety in the community," explained Sperling. "I believe our program has been pretty well managed up until now. There are those spots where we could focus less on the photo radar and more about creating more safety in the community."
 
"When you're counting on an excess of $4-million per year from photo radar, that's a huge impact," said Ferris. "I don't know that there would be that big of a difference even if they moved the photo radar into school zones, we'll see what the provincial government comes up with and how that affects us at the end of the day, might be doing a quick budget cut."
 
At the end of it all, most candidates agree that photo radar must be used wisely.

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