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Safety of photo radar cameras questioned

Critics of photo radar in Winnipeg say there have been more vehicle crashes at intersections where red-light cameras were installed.

Crashes up at Winnipeg intersections with cameras, critics say

Opponents of photo radar in Winnipeg say there have been more vehicle crashes at intersections where red-light cameras were installed.

Critics point to figures from Manitoba Public Insurance that show overall, collisions went up 53 per cent at the 51 Winnipeg intersections that were originally equipped with red-light cameras.

In 2003, 1,457 collisions were reported at those intersections, while that number went up to 2,233 in 2010.

The provincial government stands by the photo radar program as a safety tool, saying data from the City of Winnipeg shows the most dangerous types of crashes have actually gone down at intersections with red-light cameras.

The province also argues that collisions have gone up overall in Winnipeg for a number of reasons, and the increase in the number of crashes was even higher at intersections that do not have red-light cameras.

Click on the video player above to watch Megan Benedictson's report.

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