Third red-light camera goes ‘live’ in Abbotsford

An intersection safety camera has now gone "live" at Marshall and McCallum roads in Abbotsford, as part of the second phase of a province-wide program.

A red-light camera was installed in February at the intersection of Marshall and McCallum roads. That camera has now gone 'live.'

A red-light camera was installed in February at the intersection of Marshall and McCallum roads. That camera has now gone 'live.'

An intersection safety camera has now gone “live” at Marshall and McCallum roads in Abbotsford, as part of the second phase of a province-wide program.

The upgraded and expanded Intersection Safety Camera program has now gone live at 35 more sites. The digital cameras detect and photograph vehicles running a red light.

Two other red-light cameras are located in Abbotsford – at Sumas Way and Lonzo Road, and at Maclure and Clearbrook roads.

“We’ve seen too often the seriousness of intersection crashes. The expansion of this program will help us make roads safer by targeting those who run red-light lights and put others at risk,” said Abbotsford Police Const. Ian MacDonald.

The first set of 35 upgraded cameras went into use in January. Another 70 sites have been identified for the safety cameras and are expected to be operational by the end of 2011, bringing the total to 140 across B.C.

A violation ticket carries a $167 fine, which can be reduced by $25 if paid within 30 days. Vehicles that have entered the intersection before the light turns red will not receive a ticket.

Drivers do not receive penalty points for red-light camera offences.

The program is run in partnership with the provincial government, ICBC and police. Sites are selected based on where cameras will be the most effective in reducing serious crashes, severe injuries and fatalities, according to ICBC.