Red Light Infractions

Q: Could you tell me if the cameras used for red light infractions are still in operation? While they are still there I had heard that they are no longer in use due to some legal problem with obtaining a prosecution using the pictures as evidence. Seeing the number of people now running red lights, I think of Harvey and Spall particularly, I can't quite believe that their use has been discontinued.

Is there anywhere within the public domain where one can see exactly how many people were ticketed in this town in previous years and for what offenses? It seems to me that aside from seat belts and speeding nothing else is being done to keep the roads safe.

A: The Intersection Red Light Camera statistics are not available through any web site I am aware of. The police section that maintains the cameras, forwards the statistics to each R.C.M.P. Detachment that has these cameras.

During the year of 2004, the following are the statistics for the Red Light Cameras broken down into the four intersections with Red Light Violations & Vehicle Traffic that drove past the camera at the intersection. Not all cameras are active 24 hours a day. The camera most active throughout the year was Harvey Avenue and Spall Road followed closely by Gordon Drive and K.L.O. Road. Some Red Light violations will be attributed to emergency vehicles but the majority will be the motoring public.

Harvey Avenue & Spall Road
Red Light Violations - 1,752
Total Vehicles Past Camera - 5,838,016

Harvey Avenue & Cooper Road
Red Light Violations - 1,520
Total Vehicles Past Camera - 1,496,255

Harvey Avenue & Gordon Drive (July, August, October, November only)
Red Light Violations - 265
Total Vehicles Past Camera - 637,854

Gordon Drive & K.L.O. Road
Red Light Violations - 1,326
Total Vehicles Past Camera - 2,060,834

The most common times of the day for red light violators was from 1200 to 2100 hours. The worst days of the week are Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday. A ticket for a Red Light Camera Violation is issued to the registered owner of the vehicle photographed.

The cost of the red light violation is $167 and no points assessed. When the registered owner of a vehicle is charged there is no points assessed against the registered owners driving record.

Constable R.A.(Richard) ASELTON
Central Okanagan Traffic Services - Media Liaison
Kelowna R.C.M.P. Detachment

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Tim Schewe is a retired constable with many years of traffic law enforcement experience. He has been writing his column for most of the 20 years of his service in the RCMP.

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