Intersection Camera Safety Unit

The Intersection Camera Safety (ICS) Program is a combination of red-light camera technology and public awareness to make BC's roads safer. One in five collisions in BC occur at intersections with traffic lights. Collisions involving red-light runners are more likely to result in injury or death. To reduce the carnage on our roadways, cameras and data collection units are strategically placed at various high-collision intersections in the province.

For more information on the ICS Program, please call 604-775-1025


Common Questions

How do red-light cameras work?
The camera is triggered if a vehicle enters an intersection after the light turns red. Two pictures are taken - one showing the vehicle outside the intersection while the traffic signal was red, the other showing it traveling through the intersection. The ticket is mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle

How soon after the light turns red will the camera record a violation?
The yellow light is the driver's warning to slow down and be prepared to stop before the light turns red. The camera is triggered whenever a vehicle enters and drives through an intersection after the light has turned red. 

How are communities and intersections chosen for cameras?
A project team, with members from ISC Program, Ministry of Attorney General, Ministry of Transportation and Highways and ICBC, review a variety of data including the collision and population statistics to determine where camera enforcement will achieve the greatest safety benefits. Generally this means larger communities. The Intersection Safety Camera Program is working with local police to identify intersections where the camera enforcement will be used.

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