In the age of ever-expanding technology, the BC government has announced that they are putting a new product to the test throughout the streets of their province. It's been announced that BC speed cameras that are capable of issuing automatic speeding tickets to drivers who go over the limit are now in place. While they are currently only being tested in some locations, these safety cameras can be expected to go into full operation later this summer.
According to CTV, the BC government has confirmed that these safety cameras are already being tested in 35 intersections around the province. This new technology is able to detect when someone is going over the speed limit and will be capable of automatically issuing speeding tickets to the registered owner of the vehicle.
However, the cameras aren't being used to fine speeders just yet. The Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General told CTV that while some of these cameras are installed, they are currently undergoing 'equipment testing at ISC speed sites'. These cameras aren't expected to actually be in operation until later this summer.
By then, speeders may start to get ticketed for speeding through popular intersections throughout the province. However, it is not yet clear exactly how fast a diver has to be going in order to trigger these cameras.
These safety cameras will be in a variety of areas in BC including Vancouver, Vancouver Island, Abbotsford and Richmond. You can view the full interactive map of locations here.
CTV states that around 10,500 vehicles are caught going 30km/hr over the speed limit each year throughout BC. More than 900 crashes a day are also being recorded. This program is an attempt to curb the amount of speeding that is occurring throughout the province.
This won't be the first province to put an initiative like this in place. At the beginning of 2019, the City of Toronto announced that it would be adding photo radar cameras around the city in an attempts to limit speeding.
The city planned to install cameras in more than 700 locations across the city, mostly in school zones and neighbourhoods with reduced speed limits.
These cameras throughout Toronto are also capable of issuing speeding tickets to the registered vehicle owner after a car is spotted going over the limit.
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