NEWS - Red Light Cameras Now Operating 24/7
The Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General has announced that effective at the end of July, 2018 all 140 intersection safety cameras in our province will be operational at all times. The Intersection Camera Safety Program has also increased its staff to review incidents and process additional tickets in a timely manner.
In a press release dated August 7, 2018, Minister Farnworth had this to say:
“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% 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.”
The effectiveness of intersection cameras is still in debate. The US Federal Highway Administration suggests that there is a moderate benefit and Monash University Accident Research Center examination found no difference in red light running at intersections with and without cameras. A literature review published in 2014 which looks at a collection of reports from the US suggests:
Despite limited peer-reviewed publications available in the literature, it appears that RLCs decrease violations, crashes, and injuries at intersections. Some studies, however, contained methodological shortcomings. Therefore, the apparent effectiveness should be confirmed with stronger methodological approaches.