Starting today the City of Toronto will begin installing Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) cameras and signage on Toronto streets in an effort to increase road safety, reduce speeding and raise public awareness about the need to slow down and obey posted speed limits.
Automated Speed Enforcement is an efficient tool in the City’s Vision Zero toolbox that will see an initial total of 50 cameras installed on local, collector and arterial roads in Community Safety Zones near schools. Each ward will have two ASE cameras that will capture and record images of vehicles travelling in excess of the posted speed limit.
Speed is a contributing factor in approximately one third of fatal collisions in Canada. More than 50 percent of convictions related to the Highway Traffic Act in Ontario were from speeding offences. In Toronto, ASE is intended to work in tandem with other Vision Zero methods and strategies already in place, including road redesign improvements, police enforcement and public education.
To warn drivers and raise awareness about ASE in advance of laying any charges, the City is also launching a 90-day public education campaign starting this week that will include issuing warning letters to speeding drivers in lieu of tickets (no response will be required). Warning signage will be installed in each ward to inform drivers as they approach an ASE camera.
ASE tickets are expected to start being issued to speeding drivers in the spring of 2020 at the end of the 90-day public education campaign. If a vehicle exceeds the posted speed limit in an ASE-enforced area, a ticket will be mailed to the registered plate holder. Offenders are only fined – no demerit points will be applied.
ASE camera locations were selected based on data that indicated where speed and collision challenges exist in Community Safety Zones near schools in Toronto. Additional selection criteria included planned road work, speed limits, obstructions or impediments to equipment, boulevard space and the nature of the road.
The locations in Ward 4 are:
• Jameson Avenue between Laxton Avenue and Leopold Street
• Close Avenue between Queen Street and King Street
More information about the City’s Automated Speed Enforcement program is available at http://www.toronto.ca/ASE.
The Vision Zero Road Safety Plan is a comprehensive action plan that aims to reduce traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries on Toronto’s streets. With over 50 safety measures across six emphasis areas, the plan prioritizes the safety of our most vulnerable road users: pedestrians, schoolchildren, seniors and cyclists. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/VisionZero.