City Unveils First Of 20 New Red-Light Cameras

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This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

Today, Mayor Jim Watson, Councillor Keith Egli, Chair of the City’s Transportation Committee, and Orléans Councillor Bob Monette unveiled a new red-light camera at the intersection of St. Joseph Boulevard and Old Tenth Line Road, making it the first of five new red-light cameras that will be installed throughout the city in 2016 with 15 more to be installed in 2017.

These 20 new red-light cameras will be in addition to the existing 34 red-light cameras currently in operation at locations across Ottawa. The City installs cameras at intersections based on collision rates.

“Road safety is a top concern in neighbourhoods across Ottawa and as a Council we are committed to making sure that all of our road, path and sidewalk users feel safe,” said Mayor Watson. “In the 2016 budget, Council approved the expansion of the red-light camera program as another tool we can use to ensure our streets are safe for everyone.”

The program’s objective is to improve intersection safety by decreasing the number of red-light running occurrences. Collisions resulting from red-light running tend to be more severe than other intersection collisions because they usually involve at least one vehicle travelling very quickly. In 2014, there were 655 reportable angle collisions at signalized intersections in the city.

“Keeping residents safe as they travel through the city is of vital importance,” said Councillor Egli. “By implementing tools such as red-light cameras, with enforcement and education, we can improve the level of safety for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists on our roads. These cameras also allow police to focus on other enforcement needs.”

Red-light cameras take two photographs: the first is taken when a vehicle is about to enter an intersection with a red light, the second photograph shows the offending vehicle in the intersection. The fine for running a red light is $260, plus a $5 service fee and $60 victim surcharge.

 


 

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One thought on “City Unveils First Of 20 New Red-Light Cameras

  1. Has it even been proven that these cameras actually reduce collisions?

    I believe these cameras actually make intersections more dangerous as people will brake more suddenly to avoid going through an intersection with a red light camera and potentially get rear ended. Or someone accelerating through even faster to avoid the camera and rear ending slowed up traffic on the other side.

    Sounds like just another money grab for the city. I’d rather see the city remove all red light cameras. We have enough cameras in the city watching us as it is. How much are all the CCTV “traffic” cameras costing us? I love how governments get us to pay for our own surveillance.

    There’s a reason Ottawa has 666 for it’s logo.

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