After weeks of living in fear and uncertainty, Tom Jenkins was thrilled to realize that the red light camera on the corner of 5th and Main Street in Edmonton didn’t actually catch him running a red light three weeks ago.
“I’ve been a nervous wreck ever since it happened,” Jenkins said in an exclusive interview with The Platypus. “I mean, I knew I had been in the wrong, but I was hoping that maybe the camera was broken or something. But I never expected this – I’m just so relieved!”
Jenkins, who admitted that he had been “a little distracted” when he ran the red light, said that the realization has brought a newfound sense of freedom and liberation.
“Finally, I’m able to check the mail without having to worry about getting a huge fine,” he said. “It’s like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I feel like a new man.”
The city’s red light camera program has faced widespread criticism in recent years, with many residents claiming that it is ineffective and unfairly punishes selfish drivers. But for Jenkins, the program has finally given him something to be grateful for.
“I’m just so thankful that the camera didn’t catch me,” he said with a smile. “I don’t know what I would have done if I had gotten a ticket. God was looking out for me that day.”
Jenkins said that while the red light camera program may have its flaws, it has at least given him a reason to smile this week.