WINNIPEG – There’s bad news for thousands of Winnipeg drivers fighting their photo radar tickets.
A potentially precedent setting decision to toss a local woman’s school zone speeding ticket has been reversed by a higher court judge.
Genevieve Grant had her ticket wiped out by a provincial court judge last year. The judge ruled her nearly 18 month wait for a trial date was too long and unreasonable.
Justice Vic Toews with the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench has reversed the decision, saying there is not evidence the case took longer than it should have.
Grant’s wait fell eight days short of Supreme Court of Canada guidelines that say cases at a provincial court level should be wrapped up within 18 months or a year and a half.
Toews ruled the ticket should be reinstated and a new date set for trial.
The reversal means drivers cannot expect their tickets to be quashed unless their wait for a court date is at least 18 months.