November 25th, 2020

MHPS online calendar has photo radar information

By MO CRANKER on October 24, 2020.

The MHPS has released a photo radar calendar to show hatters three locations per day of where they will have photo radar set up.--NEWS FILE PHOTO

The Medicine Hat Police Service is now releasing a calendar at the beginning of each month with photo radar information for each day.

The calendar has three photo radar sites listed for each day, two of which are school or playground zones. The third listing each day is an urban area street.

“We’re still doing quite a few sites every day,” said Sgt. Gerald Sadlemyer. “We do around eight to 10 locations on average.

“We came up with the calendar idea so people know well ahead of time where we’re going to be.”

Sadlemyer says the new calendar adds additional context and information to different sites.

“It’s colour coded, which gives information like history of speeding, history of collisions and it marks which are school or playground zones,” he said. “People can actually get more information by looking at the calendar.

“We follow the provincial guidelines and in many ways give out more information than we have to.”

The calendar marks school and playground zones with red text, meaning the speed limit is 30 km/h. Green areas are roads with a history of a lot of speeding. Blue areas are places police see an increased number of collisions. Purple roads are marked as community concern areas.

The calendar also notes that the MHPS will be monitoring other playground and urban areas in the city that are not listed.

Playground speed limits are in effect from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The calendar can be found on the MHPS Facebook page by scrolling down to the organization’s posts from that day. It can also be found in the images folder on the MHPS Facebook page. People can click the photo to enlarge it, then click ‘options’ while hovering over the photo to find a download button.

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