British Columbians will soon benefit from greater efficiencies, reduced backlogs and better services thanks to stable investments in road safety.
Budget 2022 commits $9.5 million for the 2022-23 fiscal year to RoadSafetyBC’s ongoing modernization, supporting community and law enforcement partners, and creating safer roads.
“Ensuring this funding for road safety measures is available makes our roads safer and provides people with streamlined and more efficient digital services,” said Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General. “Strategic automated enforcement through intersection safety cameras at locations linked to crashes and dangerous speeds has widespread support because it is changing driver behaviours and cutting down on potentially tragic outcomes.”
Budget 2022 includes funding for the following RoadSafetyBC initiatives:
- Intersection Safety Cameras (ISC) program, which has speed enforcement technology that provides robust and reliable automated intersection safety enforcement 24/7 at B.C.’s high-risk intersections.
- Driver Medical Fitness Transformation project, which seeks to modernize B.C.’s driver fitness process over the upcoming year, including through automation, electronic driver medical forms and streamlined case management.
- Road Safety Initiative, which is developing digital roadside tools, such as electronic traffic ticketing and online fine payment, allowing people to access services more conveniently.
Key changes to the Driver Medical Fitness Program will also deliver service improvements: an online medical practitioner’s self-service tool; a simplified process for completing and submitting documentation; and shorter processing times. In addition, ICBC and RoadSafetyBC call centres will have improved access to information to better support people. These modernizations will reduce backlogs and enable faster removal of unsafe drivers from B.C.’s roads.
- B.C.’s highest-risk intersections have had automated speed enforcement in place for the past two years.
- The last of 35 high-risk intersections to be equipped with automated speed enforcement was activated in Nanaimo in September 2020.
- The ticketing data collected at these locations show clear improvements in road safety.
- Enforcement appears to be changing driver behaviour at high-risk intersections throughout the province.
- In 2021, 46,700 speed tickets were issued provincewide, down from 72,546 in 2020.
- People are benefiting from the ability to make online ticket payments: 59% of ISC violation tickets were paid online in 2021.
- British Columbians strongly support the ISC program, with 77% supporting red light cameras and 72% supporting speed cameras at high-risk intersections (ICBC survey, fall 2021).
BC Road Safety Strategy 2025: A Collaborative Framework for Road Safety:
ISC 2021 Annual Report and ISC statistics are available through the BC Data Catalogue:
Interactive map showing all intersection safety camera locations in B.C.:
Driver medical fitness information: