KELOWNA – Today, the provincial government, police and ICBC announced that the third phase of B.C.’s upgraded Intersection Safety Camera (ISC) program has gone live across the province. This includes a camera at Harvey Avenue and Spall Road – the first of five ISCs selected in Kelowna.

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Kelowna-Mission MLA Steve Thomson “Traffic related deaths are entirely preventable. These new Intersection Safety Cameras will hold reckless drivers accountable, leading to greater safety and a decrease in fatalities.”

Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick “More than 40 per cent of police-attended crashes happen at major intersections. Expanding the Intersection Safety Camera program will help prevent these accidents – reducing injuries and saving lives in the process.”

Westside-Kelowna MLA Ben Stewart “There are drivers out there who put lives at risk by failing to take due care. These cameras will make them think twice about the way they drive.”

Cst. Steve Holmes, Kelowna RCMP “We’ve seen too often the devastating consequences of intersections crashes, especially when pedestrians, cyclists or motorcycle riders are involved. The bottom line is these are preventable crashes and these cameras will help make our roads safer by targeting high-risk drivers – those who choose to run red lights.”

Fiona Temple, ICBC’s director of road safety “We know these cameras will help reduce intersection related crashes, but it’s important that we continue to think about the role we can play to help make our roads safer. Many people think tailgating or failing to yield the right-of-way is harmless, but the reality is you are increasing your chances of being in a crash – putting others at risk, including yourself and passengers. Whether you’re a driver, motorcycle rider, cyclist or pedestrian, slow down and use extra caution at intersections.” Additional information

  • The upgraded program will see digital cameras placed at 140 of B.C.’s highest-risk intersections.
  • The goal of the ISC program is to prevent crashes, injuries and fatalities, not to generate ticket- revenues.
  • Sites were selected based on where cameras will be the most effective in reducing serious crashes, severe injuries and fatalities.
  • Signs are prominently posted at the intersections to advise drivers that ISC cameras are in place.
  • All traffic fine revenue 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.
  • With the third set of cameras going live, the majority (105 out of 140) of the cameras under the upgraded ISC program are now operational. By the end of the year, all 140 ISCs will be live.
  • Visit www.icbc.com for more information about the Intersection Safety Camera program and to see a map of the 140 locations.

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