The City of Toronto has launched two new City of Toronto Vision Zero road safety initiatives: the Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) pilot program and the mobile Watch Your Speed program, both aimed at keeping Toronto roads safe.
“The safety of our citizens is my number one priority and I am pleased to see our Vision Zero Road Safety Plan introduce new initiatives to reduce speed in our communities,” said Mayor John Tory. “We all have a responsibility to keep people safe on Toronto’s roads, and excessive speed is a major contributor to deaths and injuries in Toronto.”
The City of Toronto has issued a request for quotation to deploy Automated Speed Enforcement technology in School Zones and Community Safety Zones. The pilot program will run from September to December this year, with mobile ASE units deployed in different locations around the city.
The ASE units will be used to collect data to better understand the processing and administrative requirements of the enforcement program. Data will be collected from school zones located on local, collector and minor arterial roads. The ASE units will be used to collect the speeds and volume of vehicles. The data collected will also be used for educational and outreach purposes, aimed at protecting vulnerable road users, reducing excessive speed and making communities safer for everyone.
The Automated Speed Enforcement pilot project does not involve the issuance of tickets or charges to vehicle owners as the regulations necessary from the Province of Ontario have not yet been enacted. It is expected that the Automated Speed Enforcement program will be operational by the end of 2019.
In addition, beginning this week, the City’s expanded mobile Watch Your Speed program will deploy mobile LED signs to each ward in the city. These mobile signs have built-in radar that will measure and display back to drivers the speed of oncoming traffic and they will be rotated to different locations in the ward on a monthly basis. While not used for enforcement purposes, these mobile signs have been shown to be effective at reducing excessive vehicular speeds.
“The Automated Speed Enforcement program and the mobile Watch Your Speed program are significant steps forward in the Vision Zero Road Safety Plan,” said Councillor Jaye Robinson (Ward 25 Don Valley West), Chair of the City’s Public Works and Infrastructure Committee. “We are committed to improving safety for all road users and these programs will serve as two key tools to curb aggressive driving behaviours in the city of Toronto.”
The Vision Zero Road Safety program is focused on eliminating fatalities and reducing serious injuries, with an emphasis on pedestrian, school children, older adult, cyclist and motorcyclist safety and reducing aggressive and distracted driving. The City’s total five-year Vision Zero investment is $109 million.
More information about Toronto’s Vision Zero program is available on the project website, which includes a mapping tool that shows existing safety measures and future planned work as well as safety tips for all road users aimed at making streets safer: http://www.toronto.ca/VisionZeroTO.
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