The intersection of Sumas Way and Lonzo Road will be getting a speed camera added to its red light camera, the sole location for the cameras in Abbotsford. Google Street View/Screengrab

Abbotsford red-light camera to be converted to catch speeders

Abbotsford intersection one of 35 around B.C. to get upgraded to ticket those ‘far exceeding’ limit

Speeders beware: The Highway 11 intersection just north of the Highway 1 overpass is slated to be one of 35 sites across the province where red-light cameras will also begin catching those going far too fast.

The province said it “will install new warning signs and activate technology to ticket the registered owners of vehicles entering these intersections well over the posted limit” at the intersection of Highway 11 and Lonzo Road and 34 other sites. Work will begin this summer, a press release said.

The move follows an analysis of speed and crash data at 140 intersections where red-light cameras are currently in operation.

The two other red-light cameras in Abbotsford – at the intersection of Marshall and McCallum roads, and at George Ferguson Way and Gladwin Road – aren’t slated for such an upgrade.

The Highway 11 intersection has an average of 149 crashes per year, 70 of which result in injuries.

The George Ferguson intersection sees 55 crashes, half resulting in injuries. An average of 65 crashes – again with half resulting in injuries – take place every year at the Marshall and McCallum intersection.

“We have a record number of crashes happening – more than 900 a day in our province – and about 60 per cent of the crashes on our roads are at intersections,” said public safety minister Mike Farnworth in a press release.

“We’ve taken time to systematically pinpoint the locations linked to crashes and dangerous speeds that are best suited to safely catching, ticketing and changing the behaviours of those who cause carnage on B.C. roads.”

Mayor Henry Braun has previously said he supports the use of such cameras to catch speeders.

RELATED: B.C.-wide speeding blitz set to counter leading cause of vehicle deaths

RELATED: 70% of B.C. residents support using red-light cameras to snag speeders: survey


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