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Speed allowance for photo enforcement remains unknown

Last Updated Jul 16, 2019 at 10:55 am PDT

A B.C. photo radar camera. (Source: CityNews Vancouver)

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) —¬†You could call it “photo radar 2.0.”

Starting this summer, cameras at 35 B.C. intersections will take your picture if you’re speeding.

Unlike previous photo enforcement, you’ll know exactly where the cameras will be set up.

However, it’s not clear how fast you need to go to trigger the cameras.

The province will only say the threshold is “well over” the posted speed limit.

This week on Ask The Chief, NEWS 1130’s Tim James is speaking with Delta Police Chief Neil Dubord about the new enforcement model. Dubord is also the Chair of the B.C. Association of Chiefs of Police Traffic Safety Committee.

Do you know what speed will set off the cameras?

“No, we don’t at this point in time. We do know that, obviously, anyone over the speed limit could potentially have a picture taken. But, if you’re referring specifically to the tolerance level of when the ticket will be issued, at this point in time, we don’t have any confirmation of what that may be.”

Do you have a recommendation for the threshold?

“I think every road is different and has to be looked at in relation to the geographics of the road itself. It’s difficult for me to be able to say exactly what that tolerance level should be depending on where the camera is taking the picture.”

Do officers have different levels of tolerance for speeding?

“Sometimes it depends on the area and where they’re doing enforcement. For example, in a school zone, there might be less tolerance level than there would be on [the] South Fraser Perimeter Road or Highway 17.”

You’ve said you prefer education over photo enforcement — is it tough to defend this new enforcement model?

“We certainly support any camera that would be in an area where there [are] high collisions and the frequency for many speeders. I prefer that officer-violater contact and that conversation that can happen each and every time there’s a violation ticket; there is a role for photo enforcement.”

Listen to the full interview with Delta Police Chief Neil Dubord: