Municipal Leaders Support Automated Speed Enforcement by Schools, Parks & Playgrounds
Municipal leaders called on the BC government to allow them to use speed cameras on local roads at the 2017 UBCM conference. Automated speed enforcement has proven to be effective around the world at lowering crashes, injuries and fatalities. According to the ICBC Review, just enabling speed enforcement on red light cameras in BC could reduce the severity of crashes by 11% to 45%.
From UBCM 2017 Resolutions Book, page 165:
Whereas local governments must address traffic safety challenges to ensure the well-being of our residents while balancing limited financial and RCMP resources.
And whereas traffic speed enforcement in residential areas, playground and school zones is labour intensive and the ability to use photo radar as an enforcement tool has proven to be effective and efficient in the management of speed:
Therefore be it resolved that UBCM call on the provincial government to amend provincial legislation to permit local governments to independently implement photo radar on local roads at the local government’s expense.
Speed cameras can reduce crashes substantially. [Decina, Thomas, et al., 2007] reviewed 13 safety impact studies of automated speed enforcement internationally, including one study from a United States jurisdiction. The best-controlled studies suggest injury crash reductions are likely to be in the range of 20 to 25 percent at conspicuous, fixed camera sites.
We are concerned that mobile enforcement vans could be parking in bike lanes, shoulders or otherwise block cycling facilities. Fixed cameras may prove to be a better option both at improving safety and increasing the likelihood that drovers will know the cameras are their and thus lowering their speed to avoid tickets.
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