Speed cameras OK: poll

A new survey reveals British Columbians are behind automated speed enforcement – despite two in five admitting they disregard speed limits “at least one a day.” 

Thirty-five "speed-on-green" intersection cameras rolled out across the province this spring are approved by 68 per cent of B.C. residents, the Research Co. poll found.

Fixed speed cameras, which stay in one location and measure speed as a vehicle passes, are endorsed by 69 per cent of residents. Mobile speed cameras, which can be moved from place to place, garner the backing of 63 per cent of residents.

Point-to-point enforcement is not as popular. Just over half of British Columbians (51 per cent) approve of this method, which uses cameras located at two or more points on a road to average vehicles' speed over that distance.

Whether you like intersection cameras seems to depend on how much you drive. They are widely supported by non-drivers (72 per cent), less so by those who drive three or four times a week (74 per cent), and 66 per cent by those who drive daily.

The province studied speed and crash data from 140 intersections with red-light cameras and found that during an average week, 201 cars drive at least 30 km/h over the speed limit.

The speed-on-green intersection equipment is being rolled out in Kelowna, Vancouver, Surrey, Burnaby, Langley, Abbotsford, Coquitlam, Delta, Maple Ridge, Nanaimo, North Vancouver, Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam and Richmond.

Critics have called the speed-on-green cameras “the return of photo radar.” But, the province says signs at the intersections will make it clear to drivers that the cameras are present.

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