Reader “disgusted” by our map of police radar fishing holes
Not everyone is pleased with the public service I’m trying to provide with a map of radar speed traps on the Fixer home page.
After I began writing about the large number of fishing holes, in places where cops can issue tickets to drivers going 10 to 15 k/ph above the limit as fast as they can pull them over, people started emailing me about specific locations.
So I asked readers to tell me where police regularly fish for speeders - usually near the bottom of long hills or around bends – resulting in more than 70 submissions from across the GTA that we used to create the map.
Police focus enforcement on locations where the limit is set 10-15 k/ph lower than the natural speed that 85 per cent of traffic would travel on that particular stretch of road, because it’s the easiest place to write the most tickets.
They could set up in places where they are less likely to plump up their average but more likely to catch drivers who are a serious risk to safety, like those who run red lights, for instance. But that wouldn’t yield much in ticket revenue, so they go for the low hanging fruit.
I think it is only fair to warn drivers, but a reader named John posted on SeeClickFix that he is “disgusted the Toronto Star is reporting the location of speed traps around the city, and wonder what the heck it has to do with the purpose of this column?
”You are simply making it easier for people to speed, and that makes our city a more dangerous place to live.
“What is the purpose of this?! Does the Star advocate speeding, breaking the law?
“If people don’t want to get a speeding ticket then DON’T SPEED!
“Maybe next you could tell us where the cops are doing their undercover work, or where people are less likely to get caught drag racing?”
Since you asked, John, the purpose of this is to tell people where the cops are most likely to be, so they can slow down and avoid a ticket, and possibly a much more expensive insurance premium.
Surely you don’t object to drivers exercising caution and sticking to the limit in locations where they are most likely to get caught?
There are so many locations on the map that it makes my head spin, and I’m responsible for it. No driver could even begin to keep track of them all.
The larger message I’m trying to get across is that the cops are out there fishing for speeders all over the city. The only way to avoid a ticket is to never let your speed stray more than five to 10 k/ph over the limit.
The one time you let your guard down, a friendly officer will be waving at you to pull over.
So I think you and I want the same thing, John. But I like my approach better than yours.