Photo radar now considerably less effective
While provincial police will be out in full force in hopes of catching speeding, distracted or impaired drivers, photo radar cameras will continue to snap photos of motorists breaking the rules, but nothing will likely come from it.
In November 2016, a Quebec judge ruled that evidence obtained via photo radar cameras is hearsay because no officer was on hand to witness the infraction and there was no way to determine if the camera was properly calibrated at the time. With the photo radar data deemed inadmissible, the cameras have become essentially useless.
According to data obtained by the Journal de Montreal, prior to the ruling, more than 41,000 tickets were sent to motorists in November totalling more than $5 million.
Since the ruling, the number of fines that get processed has significantly declined, and continues to do so each month.
In May, only 309 tickets made it into motorist hands, for a grand total of $95,000, a drop of a whopping 98 per cent.
Quebec's Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions did not appeal the decision, and must now work within the new confines of the law.
A spokesperson told the newspaper prosecutors are adapting to the new rules set by the judge and looking for ways to present evidence in a way that adheres to the law.
For the time being cameras continue to operate and can be still seen snapping photos of vehicles going too fast or running a red light, but unless something changes the majority of those pictures will lead to nothing.