Province targets high-speed drivers

By Greg Fry
March 8, 2018 - 12:13pm

KAMLOOPS — The provincial government wants to put the brakes on speeders at crash-prone intersections.

It says an average of 84 crashes occur at each Intersection Safety Camera (ISC) site each year, with an average of 10,500 vehicles going at least 30 km/h over the posted speed limit.

The province says it is taking action by upgrading the existing red light camera program to identify and ticket the fastest vehicles.

"In the coming months, analysis of crash and speed data will inform decisions about activating ISC cameras for speed enforcement," says the government. "New signs will warn approaching drvers about this enhanced intersection enforcement."

Victoria says the approach is more transparent than the provincial photo radar program that ended in 2001.

"(Photo radar) used unmarked vans in random locations, issued tickets at low speeding thresholds and tied up police resources with two officers staffing each van."

Four other provinces currently use automated speed enforcement.

The B.C. government says 60 per cent of all crashes occur at intersections.

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