The streets in New Brunswick may be a little safer for motorcyclists soon. In a province where red light running is the norm, Public Safety minister Robert Trevors says the government is willing to take action, in the form of red light cameras.â€¨â€¨
Red light cameras, which photograph an offender’s licence plate when they run the traffic signal and send the car’s registered owner a ticket, are not legal in New Brunswick under current provincial legislation. A CBC report claims that Trevors is talking about changes to the Motor Vehicle Act that may allow the devices as early as the end of this year.â€¨â€¨
Discussion comments on CBC’s website were quick to slam the cameras as a money grab, but here at CMG we believe red light cameras are more beneficial to motorcyclists than speed cameras, which are purely designed to generate revenue. It’s pretty simple – don’t run red lights and you won’t get fined, there is, after all, no good reason to risk someone’s life over a few seconds waiting at an intersection.
If the cameras get installed, though, we’ll keep an eye on yellow light durations – it’d be pretty unsporting of city governments to shorten amber light times in order to fill the public coffers.