Automated Speed Enforcement Systems are active in Community Safety Zones, near schools. The city began issuing warning letters on January 20th, 2020 and expects to begin issuing tickets in late April, 2020.
Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) is an automated system that uses a camera and a speed measurement device to detect and capture images of vehicles travelling in excess of the posted speed limit. It is designed to work in tandem with other methods and strategies, including engineering measures, education initiatives and traditional police enforcement. ASE is focused on altering driver behaviour to decrease speeding and increase safety.
The images are reviewed by Provincial Offence Officers and then tickets are issued to the owner of the vehicle regardless of who was driving. Upon conviction, the only penalty is a fine – no demerit points will be issued nor will the registered owners driving record be impacted.
Locations are selected through a data-driven approach that considers speed and collision data. ASE systems will be placed in Community Safety Zones near schools.
50 ASE systems will be installed to ensure an even distribution of two systems per ward. These systems are mobile and it is anticipated they will rotate every three to six months within the ward. This provides an opportunity to address a greater number of areas with safety concerns and provide a wider-ranging deterrent effect.
The Province is requiring municipalities to establish a 90 day warning period in advance of all new ASE system deployments. “Coming Soon” advisory signs will be posted at the new deployment site.
In selecting ASE sites, a two-staged process was used that was developed based on best practices and provincial guidelines.
Stage 1: First, an initial screening of all Community Safety Zones near schools were identified and prioritized based on the following data:
Stage 2: Once the sites were prioritized, a manual review of the site was conducted which included the following considerations:
Once sites are assessed, operational considerations may result in minor adjustments to site prioritizations.
To submit a request for ASE, please fill in the online form.
Warning letters will be issued to the registered owners of offending vehicles in lieu of an ASE ticket from January 20th, 2020 until late April 2020. This is part of the City’s education campaign to inform residents about the new program and the implications of speeding. During this period, no fines will be issued. Responses to the warning letters will not be required.
Beginning in late April 2020, if a vehicle is found exceeding the speed limit the registered owner of the vehicle receives a ticket, regardless of who was driving the vehicle. The total payable amount includes the Set Fine under the Provincial Offences Act, a victim fine surcharge and applicable court costs. No demerit points will be issued nor will the registered owners driving record be impacted.
Information on paying your Provincial Offence or disputing your Provincial Offence may be found by visiting the City of Toronto’s Court Services.
The Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) pilot occurred between September and December of 2018.
During this four-month pilot program, ASE units were used to collect data to better understand the processing and administrative requirements of the enforcement program. Data was collected from school zones located on local, collector, and arterial roads at a total of 8 locations, with each location active for 1 month and included the collection of speed and volume data, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The Automated Speed Enforcement pilot project did 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.
The following table provides a summary of the locations where the cameras were deployed and the data that was collected at each of the locations.
|Location (speed limit)||Average Weekly Vehicles detected above the speed limit||Average Weekly Vehicles detected more than 10km/h above the speed limit||Average Weekly Volume||Max Detected Speed (km/h)|
|Don Mills Rd