Meet Edmonton’s own photo radar objection devotee, Jack Shultz.
STORY UPDATED — JUNE 2, 2016, 1:26AM
Meet Jack Shultz. Jack Shultz has become well known for placing giant yellow “RADAR AHEAD” signs on the back of his truck and car, then parking it a few hundred feet behind photo radar trucks parked around the city of Edmonton. He has also stood outside of his vehicle for hours on end, holding this same sign. Rain or shine, it doesn’t matter.
He does it for a couple of hours, nearly every day of the week, and he’s becoming well known on the social media magnate, Facebook (Closed group – You must join before being able to see any of the posts). He’s been at it for roughly a month as of this writing.
LOCAL HERO — I guess you can almost say that Mr. Shultz is some sort of a local hero. He’s basically making sure that we are made aware of the photo radar trucks that attempt their best at hiding behind bushes, bus stops, around corners, bridges, etc. Sometimes these trucks are actually hidden pretty darn good, too.
CASH COW CONFIRMED — I must say though, if Edmonton’s photo radar was indeed intended not to be a cash cow, then why is it that these trucks are always being spotted hidden behind such obstacles? This literally makes zero sense, no matter which way you look at it. It simply proves to us as motorists, that the main reason behind these photo radar trucks found all over Edmonton, is to make money. Otherwise, they simply wouldn’t be hidden. Period.
Here’s a video of an Edmonton Police Service officer kindly informing Mr. Shultz how to do things according to the law:
Good on this officer. The situation was dealt with exceptionally well, unlike prior events leading to this approach. Mr. Shultz informs me that he was given a stunting ticket by a prior EPS officer, when in reality, he wasn’t stunting at all.
Jack Shultz, thank you for taking time out of your day to make sure that Edmontonians are not causing accidents by slamming their brakes at the sight of a photo radar truck.
Here’s a well written quote by just one of Mr. Shultz’ many supporters:
We need more people like Jack Schultz who are not afraid to stand up for #CommonSense. People who say that if you “speed” and break the law, you deserve a ticket have their heads firmly planted in the sand. They don’t realize that Jack is raising a freedom of speech issue while at the same time pointing out that photo radar is CLEARLY NOT ABOUT SAFETY but controlling and disrespecting law abiding drivers. Most people who get photo radar tickets are just going a few kilometres over on a highway which can hardly be considered unsafe. Photo radar is an example of oppression and people who call Jack an idiot for standing up to this are morons.Sabine Brasok
You know, it has been said on more than one occasion, and it has in fact been proven that, speed is not the main factor in vehicle collisions. If the flow of traffic on a two or three lane freeway with a 60km/hr posted speed limit is actually moving at 75km/hr, then it is a lot safer to travel at 75km/hr rather than the posted speed limit of 60km/hr. This isn’t to say that I’m insisting that you break the law, of course. Never would I say something so ridiculous. I’m just saying that it has been proven to be safer, which makes complete sense to me. Let’s not get too far into the legalities of this whole debate though.
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OPPOSITION — Of course, as to be expected, Mr. Shultz does have a number of people that are against what he is doing, but I mean, in today’s day in age, it’s impossible to please the masses. You’ll always have someone that is entirely against what you are doing, no matter what it is you are doing. You could give everyone on earth a million bucks, and you would still have millions of people raging in anger. It’s just how the world works. Everybody is different.
Mr. Shultz has been approached by the EPS on countless occasions, and has even been given a stunting ticket a couple of weeks ago, which the people of Edmonton have kindly paid off for him through a gofundme page set up for him. It is against the law to wave around a sign or jump up and down to gather the attention of drivers, however Mr. Shultz tells me that he wasn’t actually doing this at all, and so the stunting ticket he was issued should never have been given to him.
I spoke with Mr. Shultz over the phone moments ago. He informs me that:
(Written in 3rd person) He invites any and all people against what he is doing to go out and spend some time by his side when he’s out and about, so that you can see in person just how what he is doing is helping the public’s road safety. He goes on to say that these photo radar trucks are not about the safety of our drivers, it’s about the millions of dollars they’re bringing in, and quite frankly I agree with him one hundred percent.Jack Shultz
In the end, what he is doing today is entirely legal, and he continues to spend countless hours each week locating photo radar trucks, and informing motorists.
Are you for or against what Mr. Shultz is doing?
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UPDATE — JUNE 2, 2016, 1:26 AM
My cash cow ahead magnetic signs have arrived.They are full magnetic sheets that are 12″ X 24″ which I will donate to people that donate $20 or more. 100% profits go to legal expenses to fight this corruption the city calls photo radar. Thanks for the coverage.Jack Shultz
Jack has been at it for weeks at this point, and will continue to devote his time to this for months to come.
This article was written by Jody Mitoma.