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Five new intersection safety cameras have just been activated across the province, including one on Vancouver Island, according to the Ministry of Public Safety.

The automated cameras have been installed in “high risk” intersections and are used to catch speeders, or those who run red and potentially yellow lights.

According to the province, more than 900 car collisions occur each day in BC, with over half of them occurring at intersections.

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“We have a record number of crashes happening – more than 900 a day in our province – and about 60% of the crashes on our roads are at intersections,” said Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General back in May.

“We’ve taken time to systematically pinpoint the locations linked to crashes and dangerous speeds that are best suited to safely catching, ticketing and changing the behaviour of those who cause carnage on B.C. roads.”

The newly activated traffic camera on Vancouver Island is located at the intersection of Aulds Road and Island Highway in Nanaimo.

There are currently five other active safety cameras active on the island, with two in Victoria, one in Duncan, one other in Nanaimo, and one in the Courtenay area.

Besides the five newly activated camera that launched today, the province plans to install 30 more across BC by spring 2020.

A full list of all active traffic cameras in the province can be found online here.