A red light camera is a type of traffic enforcement camera that captures an image of a vehicle which has entered an intersection in spite of the traffic signal indicating red (during the red phase). By automatically photographing vehicles that run red lights, the photo is evidence that assists authorities in their enforcement of traffic laws. Generally, the camera is triggered when a vehicle enters the intersection (passes the stop-bar) after the traffic signal has turned red.
Currently, there are over 300 red light cameras operated by the participating municipalities. Changing driver behavior, reducing collisions and saving lives are the key reasons the cameras are used.
A new five year Red Light Camera Program began in January 2017. As a result, there will be 74 new sites constructed at locations throughout the City. As part of the efforts within the Vision Zero Road Safety Plan, with approval from council in May of 2017 Transportation Services will also be reassessing up to 70 sites from the previous contract which will be reinstated in 2018. The assessment may also include the addition of new red light camera sites to supplement the Road Safety Plan’s designated pedestrian, senior and/or school safety zones.
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Statistics collected from the eight municipalities suggest that drivers are getting the message that running a red light is dangerous and they are stopping for red lights. Collisions resulting in deaths and personal injuries have been reduced by more than 25 per cent and those resulting in property damage are down almost 18 per cent as a result of red light camera enforcement.
Taking a closer look at the City of Toronto locations, the number of angle collisions (those most indicative of red light running) causing death, injury or property damage have been reduced by over 60 per cent.
Red light running is a serious issue in our community. Over 40 per cent of fatalities at signalized intersections are attributed to red light running. Statistics indicate that red light cameras provide a safety benefit since collisions and injuries have been reduced at intersections where cameras are used.
Red Light Camera tickets are owner-liability charges. This means that the plate holder, as opposed to the driver, receives a ticket. Set fines under the Provincial Offences Act can be found by visiting the Ontario Court of Justice . No demerit points will be issued to registered owners. A victim fine surcharge is applied to provincial fines and is credited to a special fund to assist victims of crime. The set fine for running a red light detected by a camera system is $260, plus a $60 victim surcharge and a $5 court cost. The total payable is $325. No demerit points will be issued to registered owners.
Information on paying your Provincial Offence or disputing your Provincial Offence may be found by visiting the City of Toronto’s Court Services.