Letter writer was photographed at the Norwell Drive-Island Highway intersection supposedly running a red light on a left turn. (Stock photo)

Letter writer was photographed at the Norwell Drive-Island Highway intersection supposedly running a red light on a left turn. (Stock photo)

Photo radar a turn-off for tourism

I was photographed at the Norwell Drive intersection supposedly running a red light on a left turn

To the editor,

I have just received a $167 ticket. I was photographed at the Norwell Drive-Island Highway intersection supposedly running a red light on a left turn. The photo shows my vehicle travelling through the intersection while all traffic in the oncoming lane was at a standstill so still observing a red light.

I was not aware that photo radar was back in vogue. I cannot remember seeing any warning signs as to this cash trap anywhere.

I am a pensioner who was just returning from a very nice trip with my wife and four grandkids in Parksville, so I was not about to take any chances. We live in Victoria, but wanted to stop for lunch at one of your local restaurants then take our grandkids to two local attraction and buy gas.

Therefore, this unscheduled stop has now ended up costing me and my family the $167 ripoff and the $225 we spent on local businesses – a total of $392.

The ticket I received distinctly says this money will be used to support the municipality’s cost of local policing. Well, you won’t be getting any more from our family – I will stop in a friendlier municipality in future.

D. Parker, Victoria

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