November 7, 2012 1:23 pm

Changes coming to some red-light cameras in Saskatoon

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The first red light cameras in Saskatoon are being upgraded.

The cameras, first set up in 2005 at the intersection of Circle Drive and Avenue C North, need to be replaced after exceeding their lifespan.

The city says the lifespan of the system is five to seven years and those cameras are now seven years old.

The system is also no longer supported by the vendor.

Along with the upgraded cameras, a fourth location will be snapping pictures of drivers running red lights next year.

Cameras are being installed at the intersection of Idylwyld Drive and 33rd Street and should be operational by May.

Angela Gardiner, manager of transportation for the city, says even with the new location, there is the potential for more sites.

“Where we see they have a potential benefit, we will recommend their installation,” said Gardiner.

“We’ll continue to monitor the top collision intersections to see what kind of improvements, whether its red light cameras or other modifications, to improve the safety on the roads.”

The cameras at 51st Street and Warman Drive and 8th Street East and Preston Drive will be upgraded when the contract expires late next year.

 

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