Vernon is among the B.C. communities where 140 red-light cameras installed at high-crash intersections will now operate all day instead of a short time frame.
The cameras are operating at all times — up from six hours a day — to help reduce deaths and serious injuries on the province’s roads.
Vernon’s camera is installed at 32nd Street – Highway 97 – and 43rd Avenue, where between 2009 and 2013, there was an average of 26 crashes per year, resulting in an average of 11 injuries per year, according to ICBC statistics.
“For too long, cameras with a proven record of curbing red-light runners and the serious crashes they cause were not operating at full capacity,” said Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General.
“Last year, we saw a record 350,000 crashes in B.C., with about 60 per cent of them happening at intersections. The full activation of these cameras is overdue and an important step for safety on some of our busiest roadways.”
New signs will warn approaching drivers about the enhanced intersection enforcement.
The number and locations of the speed-activated cameras will be announced in fall 2018.
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