April 25, 2014 8:12 am

Photo radar tickets tossed by Saskatchewan judge

Saskatchewan judge tosses photo radar tickets after finding the images didn’t support the charges.

File / Global News

MEADOW LAKE, Sask. – A judge in northwestern Saskatchewan has thrown out five photo radar tickets because the images didn’t support the charges.

Provincial court Judge Miguel Martinez said he could see no evidence the drivers were speeding past highway workers.

The images were all taken on the same day by the same photo radar camera near the town of Peerless near Meadow Lake.

Each driver was charged with driving faster than 60 km/h past highway employees in a work zone.

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Martinez agreed there were no visible workers in three of the pictures and a fourth photo was so bad the vehicle couldn’t be properly identified.

A fifth driver got off after he argued that he had turned his vehicle around before passing any highway workers or equipment.

An expert with the photo radar company couldn’t prove that the drivers sped past any workers.

Saskatchewan increased enforcement and fines after a young woman employed as a flag worker was struck and killed two years ago. The province also introduced photo radar to construction zones where road crews are at work.

Photo radar is being expanded this year to include locations in Saskatoon, Regina and Moose Jaw.

- With files from Global News

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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