Hamilton’s red light camera program is expanding again.
The city’s public works committee has approved plan to place cameras at five additional intersections, on top of the 19 that are already operating throughout the city.
Councillor Tom Jackson, as he has been for the past fifteen years, remains a strong supporter.
First and foremost, he stresses that it’s about public safety adding that he believes that pedestrians feel a “greater sense of safety and security”.
There are those who see it as a “cash grab”, but Jackson adds that revenue from the red light camera program is used to fund traffic calming initiatives throughout the city, including speed limit reductions, speed humps and zebra crosswalks.
The program has a reserve of about nine million dollars.
New camera locations will include Hess and York, Charlton and John and Mohawk and Upper Paradise, along with Highway 8 and Green Road in Stoney Creek and Dundas Street at Mill in Waterdown.