No smiles for camera

Lead-footed drivers burned through camera-monitored intersections at arate of almost 10 per day during the first month of the initiative, saycity cops.

Lead-footed drivers burned through camera-monitored intersections at a rate of almost 10 per day during the first month of the initiative, say city cops.

Police monitored just three intersections with speed on green cameras in April, the first month since the campaign went live, and issued 850 speeding tickets with the average offender clocked at 27 km/h over the posted limit.

Traffic Staff Sgt. Brett Marklund said the average number of violations dropped from a one-month pilot in March that issued 700 warnings from just two cameras, but they remain too high for his liking.

“These people are blowing through intersections in Calgary thinking they haven’t got a care in the world,” he said. “There is a group of drivers out there that are just oblivious.”

The speed on green initiative is piggybacking on existing red-light camera technology that is in place at 45 intersections, although Marklund said the goal by the end of the year is to monitor only 10 intersections for speeders.

 
 
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