All 35 of British Columbia’s automated speed cameras will be in effect by Spring 2020, according to the provincial government.
The project was first announced in May 2019 — 35 intersections across the Lower Mainland were to be installed with warning signs and technology that would ticket anyone driving over the speed limit, whether it be a red, yellow, or green light.
Fifteen of the cameras have already began operation and are strategically placed at what the government labels as high-risk intersections, such as Kingsway at Royal Oak Avenue, or 152 Street at King George Boulevard.
Now, according to the Ministry of Public Safety, five more are scheduled to begin operation on January 6, 2020. The safety cameras are located at the following intersections:
- Kingsway at Joyce Street
- East Hastings at Renfrew Street
- Grandview Highway at Rupert Street
- Oak Street at West 57th Avenue
- 96 Avenue at 132 Street
Hope Latham, Public Affairs Officer for the Ministry, says that the remaining 15 cameras will be activated in Spring 2020.
An interactive map showing the locations of all safety cameras, as well as whether they’ve been activated or not, can be found below:
According to British Columbia’s Intersection Safety Camera (ISC) program, more than 10,000 vehicles per year go at least 30 km/h above the posted speed limit.
It was also determined that the majority of crashes on BC roads take place at intersections.
“We have a record number of crashes happening – more than 900 a day in our province – and about 60% of the crashes on our roads are at intersections,” says Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General.
“The previous government only saw fit to activate each safety camera for up to six hours a day and to only target red-light runners,” he continues. “We’ve moved quickly to fully activate the red-light cameras, and now we’re adding speed enforcement.”
In order to discourage speeding at any of these intersections, the provincial government and local police will not be sharing the speed threshold that triggers the new cameras.
Speeds will be constantly monitored by the ISC, however, and may be subject to change in the future.
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