Jack Shultz has basically initiated a movement. He is no longer alone in warning drivers of radar ahead.
[Notice: This article is heavily opinionated]
Back in late May, I wrote an article about Mr. Shultz and his dedicated objection to the City of Edmonton’s strong photo radar presence. That article garnered a ton of controversy. You can [view that article here] before continuing on with this one if you haven’t seen it yet.
It’s been roughly a month and a half since I’ve written an update about him, and since I’ve been keeping in touch with him, I’ve decided to write an update on the whole ordeal to see just how good things have been going for him in his battle.
The movement has begun:
Mr. Shultz is no longer alone in his mission; that mission being:
to get rid of photo radar in Edmonton.
In early June, he took it upon himself to order a bunch of yellow “radar ahead” and “cash cow” signs. Not only did he sell at least 20 of them to those who wish to help him achieve his ultimate goal of removing photo radar from the capital city of Alberta, but he also donated an additional 20 to others as well.
Here are some of his signs:
A Bit of Edmonton Photo Radar History and Statistics:
When the City of Edmonton took over photo radar implementation back in 2013, which the EPS [Edmonton Police Service] used to be solely-responsible for, the number of ‘6-10km/hr over’ tickets issued immediately jumped up – get this – [2,055 percent]!
Yes, you read that right. 2,055%.
Number of ‘6-10km/hr over’ tickets went from 3,252 tickets issued in 2013, to just shy of 66,500 tickets issued in 2014.
In that same time frame, the total number of tickets soared from 163,000 to 510,000.
The City of Edmonton started secretly giving tickets to those driving anything above 10km/hr over the posted speed limit, rather than what the EPS were ticketing for, which was only after 15km/hr over the speed limit and higher.
Even photo radar operators themselves feel that the change is “greasy.”
Money made from issued tickets due to photo radar went from $13.4 million in 2012 when the EPS was handling it, up to $34.5 million in 2014.
Mr. White, an ex-photo radar truck operator informs [Edmonton Journal] that if a photo radar truck operator was in a location where they were not getting a high number of violations, they were directed to go to another area where more speeders would be caught. “That’s not about safety anymore,” he says. “That’s about let’s get the numbers up.”
When the city’s traffic division took over and started giving out tens of thousands more tickets on Edmonton’s streets in 2013, it did not coincide with a drop in major accidents.
Similarly, when Sherwood Park removed photo radar entirely, their streets did not become disaster zones, either.
Photo radar implementation in Edmonton was expected to cost roughly $1.3 million per year, however things have gotten completely out of control, instead costing over $10 million per year, which is simply outrageous.
You Don’t Know Jack? Let’s learn about him and his movement:
Jack Shultz and thousands of others know about the prior-mentioned statistics regarding Edmonton’s photo radar. They know that it’s fact when we say that photo radar in Edmonton is not about safety, but rather, about making money. How the City of Edmonton simply doesn’t own up to this, is just ludicrous.
Mr. Shultz has been hard at this now for the past 3 months. He’s been “milking cows” for over 75 days as of this writing. When we say “milking cows,” it means that he parked his vehicle a fair distance behind a photo radar truck in Edmonton, pulled out his massive “radar ahead” sign, and went on to inform Edmonton traffic about sneakishly hidden photo radar trucks.
In those 75 days, Shultz informs us that he has managed to “milk” just shy of 90 radar trucks. If a photo radar operator moves their truck while Shultz is behind it informing traffic, he goes on to find a second photo radar truck to “milk.” So with that said, he has “milked” more than one photo radar truck in a single day on several occasions.
Shultz informs us that the Edmonton Police Service has threatened him on several occasions in an effort to get him to stop what he is doing. This however, hasn’t worked to date, and will not work in the future. Shultz knows that what he is doing is perfectly legal, and he will continue the good fight. One officer had even thanked him for what he is doing; helping slow down traffic.
Shultz informs us that he has several recordings of police being less than fair on his YouTube account. Feel free to take a look at his [account here].
Back in April of this year, when Shultz was handed a stunting ticket by the EPS, over 40 locals got together to [pay for his ticket and then some via a GoFundMe page]. It is safe to say that Shultz has countless local supporters.
He has received at least one ticket to date, has been illegally detained, unlawfully charged, and had his signs taken from him by EPS.
Shultz has even expanded his campaign to Calgary, and plans to expand to Grande Prairie and Peace River as well.
Jack Shultz wanted to state the following to our readers:
Yes there where times where I spoke my mind to the photo radar operators and the EPS, but it was done in retaliation of all the bullshit they are trying to do to me and them trying to use threats to get me to stop this movement, which I refuse to back down. We are starting to be noticed more and more as these days go by… Also I am having issues now with the police giving me requested information that I am entitled to.Jack Shultz
He goes on to say:
There have been a few [people] that where against what I am doing, but after coming down and meeting me and seeing with their own eyes that what I’m doing is making our roads safer, they have leaned towards my movement.Jack Shultz
Math time. How much money has Shultz saved us?
LOW ESTIMATE — If Shultz happened to have saved 100 people from receiving a speeding ticket per “milking,” at an average of $100 per ticket, then at 90 “milkings” to date, he may have saved Edmontonians [and others driving on our city’s roads] just shy of $1 million.
BEST ESTIMATE — If he happened to have saved 200 people from receiving tickets per “milking,” then he is closer to saving Edmontonians $2 million in just 3 months.
HIGH ESTIMATE — According to Edmontonian Don Shearer on Facebook, who sat at a restaurant on Stony Plain Road for 45 minutes, he witnessed over 80 flashes in that 45 minute period. [See his comment here – closed Facebook group] If we were to use this same math for Jack Shultz on all of his “milkings” (as an above-average estimate), he then may have saved Edmontonians over $4.7 million.
Others in the Movement to diminish photo radar:
Shultz has sold and donated signs to many supporters, including:
The latest person to receive a stunting ticket is local Perron Sylvestre. He shared his story on the Facebook page [Edmonton Laser Photo Traps Alerts]. [It is a closed group, which requires you to be a member of before viewing posts.]
There for about 20 minutes and they call 3 cars to come give me a ticket. I kindly inform the first office that I am promoting safe driving. He then asks if I’d politely walk away. I agreed and he went to his car to run info. The second officer then says I am getting a ticket, and I said the first officer said no. He then said I don’t care I’ll give you one. Good to know our cops are fighting crime. $543 pedestrian stunting ticket.Perron Sylvestre
In just two short hours after posting this to the prior-mentioned Facebook group, people have already offered to help pitch in to pay for Sylvester’s ticket.
An anonymous Edmontonian informed me of the following:
A friend of mine was also targeted by police for the same thing [holding a ‘radar ahead’ sign]. He managed to avoid a stunting ticket by standing up for his rights and calling EPS while speaking with the officer about the harassment as he was being threatened with arrest for a none-arrestable offense!Anonymous
It just goes to show that what these photo radar objection devotees are up to is entirely legal. If you are worried about being ticketed for stunting, don’t be. If you need legal assistance, shoot [Robbie Wood] a message. He’s the local man to get in touch with when it comes to these types of issues, and is very well known for it; on social media especially.
If you plan on helping with the movement, please be aware that waving a sign around, waving your arms around or even simply pointing towards your sign is against the law, which can garner you a ticket by the EPS under ‘stunting,’ which is just shy of $550. Although this is a ticket that is easily won in court, it is an added headache that does not need to be had due to it being easily preventable.
Yes, it is indeed stunting, even if you see the food companies [Little Caesars, anyone?] and tax companies [Liberty Tax, anyone?] doing it all the time. But they’re not taking money away from the city, so it’s alright. [/sarcasm]
Thank you Jack Shultz, for what you’ve single-handedly started. This movement may very well be the first step in obliterating photo radar in Edmonton.
If you agree with what Shultz and his movement are doing, share this story to help spread the word.
Make sure to wave if you spot Jack or any ‘radar ahead’ sign holders on our roads!
This article was written by Jody Mitoma.