There will be four Intersection Safety Cameras (ISCs) live in Langley by the end of the year, the provincial government announced on Sept. 13.
There are now three live ISCs, at the following Langley locations:
– 200 Street at 64 Avenue;
– Highway 10 at Fraser Highway; and
– 88 Avenue at 208 Street.
The government and law enforcement agencies defend the use of ISCs because more than 40 per cent of accidents attended by police occur at intersections.
Furthermore, crashes at intersections are often more serious because they involve high speed and right angle or T-bone crashes.
Authorities say that improving intersection safety prevents crashes, injuries and fatalities, ensuring families get home safe and sound.
“These three intersections are some of the most highly travelled thoroughfares in Langley,” said Fort Langley-Aldergrove MLA Rich Coleman.
“The new cameras will not only increase safety, they’ll hold dangerous drivers accountable.”
Langley MLA Mary Polak said that not only do the cameras increase driver accountability, “they are also great tools for making Langley’s busiest intersections safer for pedestrians.”
Sgt. Norm Gaumont, head of the RCMP’s Lower Mainland Traffic Services, which is based in Langley, said there is too much carnage at intersections.
“High-risk driving has no place on our roads and we’ll do everything we can to go after those drivers who have a complete disregard for others,” Gaumont said.
“These cameras are going to help make our roads safer by targeting those who choose to deliberately put other lives at risk.”
Digital cameras will be placed at 140 of B.C.’s highest-risk intersections. All intersections will be marked to advise drivers that ISC cameras are in place.
Revenue from all traffic fines will continue to be distributed among B.C. municipalities to help them enhance their policing and community-based public programs, regardless of the number of cameras within their community or how many tickets they issue.