Speed enforcement cameras: 35 BC locations revealed
The locations of 35 speed enforcement cameras at intersections across the Lower Mainland have been revealed. These intersections are among 140 locations currently equipped with red-light cameras. The spectre of photo radar, which once plagued BC drivers, has returned from the dead to haunt them again.
The BC government has started to activate the automated speed enforcement cameras although it has not revealed which ones are operational. It says the program is aimed at reducing speeding and accidents at high-risk intersections but doesn’t mention its ulterior motive: cash grab.
Love them or hate them, speed enforcement cameras are here and they are going to be issuing speeding tickets. It’s a good idea to be informed and know where they are.
Where do speed enforcement cameras send tickets?
The speed enforcement cameras are not able to tell who is driving a vehicle. Therefore, speeding tickets will be issued to the vehicle’s registered owner. If you lend your vehicle to a friend who gets a speeding ticket from an automated device, the fine will be sent to you.
Threshold of speed enforcement cameras
The government has not divulged exactly how much over the limit you have to be going to get a ticket. All it says is that it will be ticketing “the fastest speeding vehicles”. In BC, if you go 1 mph over the limit you commit the offence of speeding. It remains to be seen if only the worst offenders will be ticketed or anyone who goes even a little over.
Speed cameras are hated in countries that have them like the UK and Franc, so how did we get to this point? It started with the installation of red-light cameras at 140 intersections across BC. While they were catching red-light runners red-handed, they were also busy collecting data on people’s speed without issuing tickets.
The government then identified 35 intersections with the “greatest potential for further safety gains” and upgraded them to also enforce speed.
The speed enforcement camera program has drawn parallels with the much-despised photo radar initiative from the 1990s. Issues, such as breaking a promise not to place photo radar at the bottom of hills, led to it being scrapped in 2001. The government has been very subtle this time around and we’ll have to wait to see what the public reaction will be.
The locations of the 35 speed enforcement cameras
The speed cameras can be found at the following intersections:
- Route 11 at Lonzo Road
- Kingsway at Boundary Road
- Kingsway at Royal Oak Avenue
- Willingdon at Deer Lake
- Barnet Highway at Mariner Way
- Nordel Way at 84th Avenue
- Harvey Avenue at Cooper Road
- Highway 97 North at Banks Road
- 200th Street at 64th Avenue
- Route 10 at Fraser Highway
- Lougheed Highway at 207th Avenue
- Island Highway at Aulds Road
- Marine Drive at Capilano Road
- Lougheed Highway at Old Dewdney Trunk Road
- Lougheed Highway at Shaughnessy Street
- Garden City Road at Cambie Road
- 128th Street at 88th Avenue
- 152nd Street at 96th Avenue
- 152nd Street at King George Boulevard
- 64th Avenue at 152nd Street
- 96th Avenue at 132nd Street
- King George Boulevard at 104th Avenue
- King George Boulevard at 80th Avenue
- Boundary Road at East 49th Avenue
- East Hastings Street at Main Street
- East Hastings Street at Renfrew Street
- Grandview Highway at Rupert Street
- Granville Street at West King Edward Avenue
- Kingsway at Joyce Street
- Kingsway at Victoria Drive
- Knight Street at East 33rd Avenue
- Oak Street at West 57th Avenue
- Oak Street at West 70th Avenue
- Southeast Marine Drive at Kerr Street
- West Georgia Street at Cardero Street
You can also view an interactive map showing all the intersections.
What to do if you get a ticket from a speed enforcement camera
If this program is successful, you can bet it will be expanded to other intersections across BC. The only way to make it less profitable for the government it to dispute the tickets. You have 30–45 days to submit your dispute after you receive your ticket in the mail. A good first step is contacting a lawyer.
We predict that this program will run into problems in Courts. Because they lack an actual human police officer to confirm whether the speed enforcement camera was triggered by an appropriate speed, the photograph itself might not be enough to uphold a ticket.
If you need to fight a ticket issued by a red light camera, call for a free consultation.