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Winnipeg police ‘more than happy’ app alerts drivers to speed cameras

Winnipeg police aren't concerned with a Google Maps feature that alerts drivers to upcoming speed cameras.
Winnipeg police aren't concerned with a Google Maps feature that alerts drivers to upcoming speed cameras. Global News

Radar detectors are illegal in Manitoba, but there’s a new way to get ahead of photo radar, thanks to Google.

Drivers using Google Maps are now being alerted with an audio recording when they’re heading toward speed cameras.

Winnipeg police, however, aren’t bothered by the new technology.

READ MORE: Google Maps adds photo radar warnings for drivers: ‘Speed camera ahead’

Staff Sgt. Sean Pollock told 680 CJOB that cops have no problem with the public knowing where photo radar cameras are located around the city.

“They’re there because these are areas we have concerns about from collision data and so forth,” he said.

“Realistically, this is something that we’re more than happy to tell the public about to hopefully enhance and enforce their compliance with the Highway Traffic Act and the posted speed limit.”

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Pollock said police are always looking to move cameras to spots where there are more crashes to help enforce speed limits.

READ MORE: Manitoba driver slapped with nearly $1,800 speeding ticket

“Anything that we can do to enhance driver safety and ensure people are moderating their speed as much as possible, to make sure they’re driving to conditions and the posted speed limits are going to be a benefit for everyone’s safety,” he said.

“If we can prevent one collision by having someone adhere to a speed limit or even better, just making sure that they’re driving for the road conditions present, then that’s a win for us.”

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