Chilliwack council eyes another red light camera

Chilliwack is taking ICBC up on its offer to provide another “intersection safety” camera, this time at Vedder and Promontory. Council accepted the installation offer at last week’s meeting.

There could be more tickets issued for local drivers who run red lights.

Chilliwack is taking ICBC up on its offer to provide another “intersection safety” camera, this time at Vedder and Promontory. Council accepted the installation offer at last week’s meeting.

“It’s a high collision intersection,” said acting mayor Sue Attrill. “That’s why we’re trying to make it safer.”

When motorists spot the cameras attached to lights above intersections, their driving behaviour tends to improve, and it functions mainly as a prevention tool, she said.

Because the Intersection Safety Camera program is provincially funded, it means there will be no cost to the city for the new camera, and the unit distribution is based on RCMP staffing. The first one was installed at the corner of Vedder Road and Luckakuck Way and another was up at Yale and Airport, but it’s since been discontinued.

Red light tickets, also known as intersection safety tickets, are issued to drivers caught on camera going through, or failing to yield at, a red light. They come in the mail or are issued in person, and then a driver has 45 days to pay a mailed ticket or 30 days for a personally served ticket.