B.C. reaps traffic fine windfall from speeders
B.C.'s worst speeders, tailgaters and other bad drivers are helping to make the province's roads safer.
Community Development Minister Kevin Krueger has announced the latest payout from a program to return traffic fine revenues to local governments.
Krueger says $63 million is being handed over to help municipalities improve policing and public safety programs.
The traffic fine cash is shared among communities that directly pay for police enforcement and is doled out based on each city's contribution to total municipal policing costs.
Cheques are in the mail to 73 B.C. communities -- with the tiny Fraser Valley community of Kent receiving the smallest amount at $13,489, while the city of Vancouver pockets a nearly $16 million dollar windfall.
Before the traffic fine revenue sharing program was expanded in 2004, qualifying communities received an annual lump sum payment of $10 million.