B.C. is expanding its 20-year-old Intersection Safety Camera (ISC) program to begin ticketing the fastest speeding vehicles at certain ISC sites.
The program has a proven record of curbing red-light runners and the serious crashes they cause.
- The locations of the 35 intersections being upgraded for speed enforcement can be found in the first backgrounder here: https://news.gov.bc.ca/19640
- A map showing which sites are currently activated for automated speed enforcement can be found here: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/public-safety/intersection-safety-cameras/where-the-cameras-are
Current capabilities and limitations:
- Currently, B.C.’s ISC program operates red-light cameras at 140 high-risk intersections.
- The program began in 1999 and, until late 2017, each camera was only activated for up to six hours a day.
- The cameras have been operating 24 hours a day since August 2018.
- The existing red-light cameras monitor traffic volumes at all ISC locations.
- Although the existing red-light cameras monitor speed, new equipment must be installed to accurately read and verify individual vehicle speeds to conduct automated speed enforcement.
- B.C. is prescribing automated speed enforcement cameras in provincial regulation (just as red-light cameras are) to ensure consistency of approach and technical standards.
- All ISC violation tickets are issued to the vehicle’s registered owner.
- Government completed analysis of speed and crash data as well as technical consultations to identify the 35 ISC locations to be upgraded for speed enforcement.
- Project engineers completed a technical analysis and confirmed the feasibility of each of the 35 sites. As well, government consulted with those individual local municipal engineering departments to ensure no planned construction projects or changes would interfere with the installation and deployment of the new technology.
- Government further engaged with the police of those jurisdictions to discuss expansion of the program for speed enforcement.
- Municipal construction permits were approved and new equipment has been prescribed in regulation, installed and commissioned. The phased activation of the upgraded cameras started July 29, 2019, and will continue through the year, with all speed-activated ISCs operational in spring 2020.
- At each ISC location upgraded to enforce speed, new, prominent signs have been installed to warn approaching drivers about the enhanced intersection speed enforcement.
- The upgraded cameras will capture the images and speeds of the fastest vehicles passing through monitored intersections on red, yellow and green lights. These images and data will be further reviewed by ISC officers, who will verify the information and confirm that a charge can be laid under the Motor Vehicle Act.
Key facts and figures:
- Between 2012 and 2016, each ISC site averaged 10,500 vehicles a year going at least 30 km/h over the posted speed limit.
- On average, ISC program intersections each have 84 crashes a year.
- In Canada, automated speed enforcement is used in the three western provinces and in Quebec, and has been piloted recently in Toronto.
- Quebec reported in 2016 that its automated speed enforcement program saw a 13.3 km/h reduction in average speed at fixed installations and a 15% to 42% reduction in crashes at mobile and fixed speed sites.