Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Photo Radars to Stay on Quebec Roads despite Court Ruling Tossing Evidence

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Photo Radars to Stay on Quebec Roads despite Court Ruling Tossing Evidence

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Photo radars to stay in Quebec despite ruling

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QUEBEC - Photo radar machines are to remain on Quebec roads despite a recent court ruling that rejected evidence obtained from one, the provincial government said Wednesday.

Quebec court Judge Serge Cimon, in a decision released Monday, cleared a woman from having to pay a traffic ticket she received after a radar machine clocked her speeding.

The judge said the photo radar evidence was hearsay and inadmissible in court because provincial police didn't personally witness the woman allegedly breaking the law or check to see if the machine was functioning properly.

"The prosecutor can consider this as formal notice that the evidence used in the prosecution of fixed photo radar cases is based on insufficient evidence," he wrote.

It is unclear how this decision could affect future cases involving people contesting speeding tickets obtained in connection to photo radar machines. …

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