Photo radar returning to B.C. at some intersections

The provincial government will use 35 red-light cameras to catch speeders, but none of the electronic eyes will be in Kamloops

The B.C. government will begin ticketing lead-footed drivers with intersection photo radar cameras later this year, but none of them are slated to be in Kamloops.

There are 140 intersection safety cameras in place keeping an eye on the province’s busiest intersections — including one at Tranquille Road and Eighth Street in North Kamloops — and issuing automated tickets for drivers who run red lights.

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Beginning later this year, provincial officials plan to use 35 of the cameras to also catch speeders, whether the light is red, yellow or green.

“We have a record number of crashes happening — more than 900 a day in our province — and about 60 per cent of the crashes on our roads are at intersections,” said Mike Farnworth, B.C.’s minister of public safety and solicitor general.

“We’ve taken time to systematically pinpoint the locations linked to crashes and dangerous speeds that are best suited to safely catching, ticketing and changing the behaviours of those who cause carnage on B.C. roads.”

The provincial NDP government of the 1990s introduced photo radar, which involved vans parked on the side of roads, inside of which were officers recording speeds of vehicles.

The program was shelved by the B.C. Liberal government after it was elected in 2001.

B.C.’s intersection safety cameras have had photo radar capability for some time, but the feature was never activated by Christy Clark’s B.C. Liberal government — instead catching only drivers who run red lights during certain hours each day.

“We moved quickly to fully activate the red-light cameras and now we’re adding speed enforcement — because it works and because we want people who travel through these busy intersections to get where they’re going safely,” Farnworth said.

Only two of the 35 photo radar intersections slated to be activated this summer are outside the Lower Mainland, each of them in Kelowna.

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