Thursday, April 02, 2009

Make sure your best side is showing for that next traffic infraction

Those that like to test the speed limit on the way to Terrace may soon find that they are the featured attraction on the Terrace Highway patrol's new video library.

The Province of British Columbia has announced that an additional 320 in car cameras will be introduced to the various RCMP detachments and municipal police departments in the province. Bringing to 450 the number of patrol car cameras currently in use across the province.

The main thrust of the introduction of the cameras is to provide documentation of dangerous or impaired driving on the provinces highways, RCMP Supt. Norm Gaumont of the force's traffic services outlined how, “Solid evidence like car-cam footage leads to convictions and, in turn, more consequences than ever for impaired and dangerous drivers." The cameras are expected to allow for the documenting of traffic violations in a more timely way, saving officers time in court, as well as to confirm that officers have complied with procedures and policies.

A number of communities in the north and theNorthwest will receive the cameras.

Terrace's Highway Patrol will receive four of the cameras, the Terrace RCMP Highway patrol covers the majority of the Prince Rupert to Terrace stretch of Highway 16. The Smithers Highway patrol will receive two cameras, while Prince George will receive the largest share of the cameras in the North, with six planned for their Highway patrol and four for the city detachment, bringing the total of in car cameras in that city to fifteen.

There is no word so far on the idea of introducing the in car camera program to the Prince Rupert detachment.
The website has a presentation on the camera plans for BC's police cars.

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