The most dangerous intersections in Kelowna, Kamloops and Vernon could soon have cameras equipped with radar to catch speeding drivers.
Five intersections in Kelowna, as well as an intersection in both Kamloops and Vernon, already have cameras connected to the traffic lights that activate whenever someone runs a red light. This week the province announced plans to upgrade some or possibly all so they can get photos of the licence plates of speeders as well.
It will take “months” to determine exactly which intersections will get the upgraded red-light camera program, but it will likely be ones that see relatively high numbers of collisions, according to a B.C. government release.
The release does not say when the new program will be implemented or speeds that would activate the cameras. New signs will warn approaching drivers about the enhanced enforcement.
The following intersections are ranked among the most dangerous in B.C., according to ICBC, and could get upgraded cameras in the near future.
In Kelowna, four of the five worst intersections are along Highway 97 - Banks Road, Cooper Road, Spall Road and Gordon Drive. The fifth is at Dilworth Road and Springfield Road.
An average of 165 people are injured at these five intersections each year, with an average of 70 collisions at Dilworth and Highway 97. There were 41 collisions at Highway 97 and Spall, 34 at Highway 97 and Cooper, 32 at Springfield and Dilworth and 27 at Gordon and Highway 97.
If Vernon were to get the upgrade, it would likely be the camera on Highway 97 at 43 Avenue, which sees an average of 26 crashes and 11 injures per year since 2009.
Kamloops has a red light camera that could be upgraded at Tranquille Road and 8 Street, where 20 people are injured on average every year in 41 crashes.
Penticton has no red light cameras.
Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth says there is very little public sympathy for those who flout the law and speed excessively.
"This is about slowing down the fastest drivers at intersections where speed is a factor in causing accidents, so everyone on these busy corridors will be safer," he says in the release. "The signs will be there to warn you. If you ignore them and put others in danger, you will be ticketed.”
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