More red light cameras activated

Violators more likely to be ticketed

Red light camera sites: Drag/zoom map as required, click on flags for intersection details.

ICBC has activated another 35 traffic camera sites to detect and ticket red light runners.

The extra camera sites – almost all of which are in Metro Vancouver – include 13 in Vancouver, six in Surrey, four in Coquitlam and two each in Maple Ridge and the North Shore.

There are now 105 high-risk intersections equipped to use intersection traffic cameras and the full 140 sites planned under the new digital camera program are to be activated by the end of the year.

Violators are fined $167, less $25 if they pay within 30 days.

Fine revenue is sent back to local cities to support policing and public safety programs.

ICBC predicts there will be a six-per-cent reduction in serious injury and fatal crashes at intersections as a result of the cameras, and reduced claims costs will pay for them.

“We’ve seen too often the carnage of intersection crashes,” RCMP Lower Mainland Traffic Services Supt. Norm Gaumont said.

“These cameras are going to help make our roads safer by targeting those who choose to deliberately put other lives at risk.”

Roughly 40 per cent of serious crashes happen at intersections.

The cameras don’t all operate at the same time – ICBC says they’ll be run strategically.

Red light cameras have been in action in B.C. since 1999, but the switch to a larger number of digital cameras is costing $20 million.

About 33,000 tickets a year are now expected to go up, an increase of 10,000.

For more information on the red light cameras see http://www.icbc.com/road-safety/safer-drivers/intersection-safety

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