Smile — you're driving through a red light.
If you run a red light at the corner of 33rd Street and Idylwyld Drive, you may soon receive a ticket in the mail. The City of Saskatoon is installing a new red light camera at the intersection. It should be snapping pictures within two weeks.
Signs posted along the street will warn drivers they're approaching an intersection that has a red light camera. For the first month, the registered owner of the vehicle caught on camera will be mailed a warning. After the introduction period, fines will be sent out.
Red light cameras making difference
The 24-hour red light cameras work, transportation manager Angela Gardiner said in a press release, adding that a recent review of the program showed an average of 15 per cent reduction in the injury and fatality rate at red light camera locations. She also said that the review showed a reduction of 22 per cent in the most severe type of collisions compared with other busy intersections in the city.
The current locations of the city's other cameras, which will be replaced with new ones, are at the following intersections: Preston Avenue and 8th Street; Warman Road and 51st Street; and Avenue C and Circle Drive.
Replay this morning's live chat about whether red light camera work and how they change the way people drive.