Cameras on the streets of Van-town, cameras on the streets of BC towns…
A couple months ago, we shared our thoughts with you on the extension of ICBC’s intersection camera program. As part of a $23 million program, 140 new cameras have been introduced to intersections around the province. The cameras have started to be installed now, and publications around the province are covering the story. The CBC published this map: showing new cameras as they are being installed, including two sites in Vancouver (Hastings and Renfrew; Knight and 49th). They also have included a pdf provided by ICBC on all the intersections that will be surveilled.
The map hasn’t been updated in a little while, because it doesn’t account for the new cameras at Main and Terminal (see photos).
The boxy surveillance systems, which carry all the baggage of dubious effectiveness and alarming infringement on the civil liberties of people moving about in public that we’ve mentioned before, are also, well, just a little bit freaky. They certainly make a stark and jarring imposition on public space, and are likely discomforting for the many people, especially those panhandling or offering squeegee services right in the intersection. These folks aren’t running red lights, but their image is still being captured by these cameras.
Have you noticed the new cameras? How do you think they affect how people treat the space around the intersections?