City considers installing more red light cameras
Zooming through a red light in one of the city’s most dangerous intersections may soon become riskier.
Saskatoon’s administration is recommending red light cameras be installed at 33rd Street West and Idylwyld Drive.
“I get a lot of complaints about the safety of [that intersection],” said Councillor Darren Hill who supports the move.
“It’s one of the top five intersections in terms of collisions in Saskatoon,” he said, referring to a five year collision report conducted by the city between 2005 and 2009.
The report, which goes to the planning and operations committee on Tuesday, also found that the busy intersection had the highest number of red light violations in comparison to five other major intersections that were also monitored.
- 22nd Street West and Diefenbaker Drive
- Eighth Street East and Acadia Drive
- 22nd Street West and Idylwyld Drive
- College Drive and Preston Avenue
- Central Avenue and Attridge Drive
According to the report, the recommendation to install red light cameras comes after the administration explored making “geometric improvements” to the intersection. However, due to the limited amount of land in the area, that option was considered not feasible.
“Therefore, to reduce the number collisions, red light running violations and to improve the overall safety … a Red Light Camera Enforcement system is recommended,” reads the report.
If the recommendation is given the nod of approval, the city will begin looking for a red light camera manufacturer.
Currently, the city has cameras installed at three intersections:
- Avenue C and Circle Drive
- Warman Road and 51st Street
- Eighth Street and Preston Avenue
Because the city does not own these camera systems and the lease for them will expire at different times throughout the year, the request for proposal will also include finding a company for these intersections as well.
Fines for running a red light are $230.