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. In Toronto alone, 125 red light cameras are in operation. 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.

Red light cameras are currently at the following intersections:

 

Street Intersecting Street
Adelaide St Parliament St
Albion Rd Finch Ave
Albion Rd Kipling Ave
Avenue Rd Lawrence Ave
Bathurst St Davenport Rd
Bathurst St Sheppard Ave
Bathurst St The West Mall
Bayview Ave Cummer Ave
Bayview Ave Truman Rd / Fifeshire Rd
Birchmount Rd Huntingwood Dr
Birchmount Rd McNicoll Ave
Bloor St Ossington Ave
Bloor St The East Mall
Burnhamthorpe Rd The East mall
Comstock Rd Warden Ave
Danforth Ave Greenwood Ave
Danforth Ave Birchmount Rd
Danforth Rd Brimley Rd
Dixon Rd Carlingview Dr
Dixon Rd Islington Ave
Dixon Rd Martin Grove Rd
Don Mills Rd Van Horne Ave
Dufferin St Finch Ave
Dundas St River St
Dupont St Lansdowne Ave
Eglinton Ave Danforth Rd
Eglinton Ave Martin Grove Rd
Eglinton Ave Spadina Rd
Ellesmere Rd Bellamy Rd
Ellesmere Rd Kennedy Rd
Ellesmere Rd Markham Rd
Ellesmere Rd Military Trl
Finch Ave Birchmount Rd
Finch Ave Brimley Rd
Finch Ave Gordon Baker Rd / Hwy 404 N Ramp
Finch Ave Leslie St
Finch Ave Martin Grove Rd
Finch Ave Middlefield Rd
Finch Ave Norfinch Dr / Oakdale Rd
Finch Ave Sentinel Rd
Finch Ave Signet Dr
Hwy 27 Finch Ave
Islington Ave Albion Rd
Islington Ave Evans Ave
Islington Ave The Queensway
Islington Ave The Westway
Jane St Bala Ave / Emmett Ave
Jane St Clair Rd / Spenvalley Dr
Jane St Falstaff Ave
Jane St Strong Crt / York Gate Blvd
Jarvis St Isabella St
Jarvis St King St
Keele St Lawrence Ave
Keele St Wilson Ave
Kennedy Rd Hwy 401 / William Kitchen Rd
Kennedy Rd McNicoll Ave
King St Parliament St
Lake Shore Blvd Carlaw Ave
Lake Shore Blvd Jameson Ave
Lake Shore Blvd Leslie St
Lake Shore Blvd Park Lawn Rd / Marine Parade Dr
Lake Shore Blvd Spadina Ave / Lower Spadina Ave
Lake Shore Blvd Strachan Ave
Lake Shore Blvd Thirty Seventh St
Lake Shore Blvd Windermere Ave
Lake Shore Blvd York St
Lawrence Ave Bathurst St
Lawrence Ave Bellamy Rd
Lawrence Ave Greencedar Crct / Greenbrae Crct
Lawrence Ave Kennedy Rd
Lawrence Ave Markham Rd
Lawrence Ave Marlee Ave
Leslie St York Mills Rd
Lower Jarvis The Esplanade
Markham Rd Progress Ave
Markham Rd Sheppard Ave
McCowan Rd McNicoll Ave
McNicoll Ave Warden Ave
Midland Ave McNicoll Ave
Midland Ave Progress Ave
Morningside Ave Milner Ave
Neilson Rd McLevin Ave
Neilson Rd Sheppard Ave
Overlea Blvd Thorncliffe Park Dr / Beth Nealson Dr
O’Connor Dr Bermondsey Rd / Yardley Ave
Pharmacy Ave McNicoll Ave
Rexdale Blvd Kipling Ave
Rexdale Blvd Martin Grove Rd
Richmond St Parliament St
Sheppard Ave Bayview Ave
Sheppard Ave Malvern St / Progress Ave
Sheppard Ave McCowan Rd
Sheppard Ave Morningside Ave
Simcoe St Wellington St
Spadina Ave Bremner Blvd / For York Blvd
Spadina Ave King St
St. Clair Ave Brimley Rd
St. Clair Ave Gunns Rd / Old Stock Yards Rd
St. Clair Ave Runnymede Rd
St. Clair Ave Spadina Rd
Steeles Ave Birchmount Rd
Steeles Ave Brimley Rd
Steeles Ave Carpenter Rd
Steeles Ave Hilda Ave
Steeles Ave Islington Ave
Steeles Ave Keele St
Steeles Ave Weston Rd
The Queensway North Queen St
The Queensway The East Mall
The Queensway The West Mall
The Queensway Royal York Rd
University Ave Adelaide St
University Ave Queen St
University Ave Richmond St
University Ave Wellington St
Warden Ave Arkona Dr / Cloverleaf Gt
Warden Ave Ashtonbee Rd
Warden Ave Comstock
Warden Ave McNicoll Ave
Weston Rd Lawrence Ave
Wilson Ave Jane St
Wilson Ave Transit Rd / Billy Bishop Way
Yonge St Lawrence Ave
Yonge St Steeles Ave

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.

  • Motorists already in an intersection when the signal changes to red (when waiting to turn, for example) are not red light runners.
  • Red light cameras do not replace police officers. The red light cameras are being used to complement police efforts in preventing motorists from running a red light. Stepped-up police enforcement is a substantial component of the project.
  • Cameras are set so that only those vehicles that enter an intersection after the light has turned red are photographed. Vehicles that enter on amber and are within the intersection when the light changes to red are not photographed. The program is intended to photograph vehicles that enter an intersection after the signal has turned red.
  • Trained officers review every picture to verify vehicle information and ensure that the vehicle is in violation. Tickets are mailed to vehicle owners only in cases where it is clear that the vehicle ran the red light.
  • The registered license plate holder receives the ticket, regardless of who was driving the vehicle.
  • In consultation with the Privacy Commissioner, every attempt has been made to minimize capturing members of the public in the photos.
  • A red light camera system costs approximately $150,000.
  • Traffipax is the system supplier for red light cameras.
  • The camera is an industrial 35-mm camera, manufactured particularly for unattended operation in an outdoor environment. The cameras are housed in a ½ metre x ½ metre x ½ metre enclosure and are mounted on a pole, 20 metres in advance of the intersection. They are mounted approximately 3.6 metres above the ground.
  • Photographic detection devices are used extensively in many other countries including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Israel, the Netherlands, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and the United States. Cameras are also used in British Columbia and Alberta, Manitoba and Quebec.

As of January 1, 2010 the set fine for running a red light detected by a camera system was increased to $260, plus a $60 victim surcharge and a $5 court cost. The total payable is now $325. Prior to this increase, the set fine was $155, plus a $35 victim surcharge, for a total payable of $180. Demerit points are not issued with violations detected by the red light camera system.

The set fine for running a red light when caught by a police officer is also $325.00, however, failing to stop for a red light where a police officer issues a ticket results in three demerit points.

  • In December 1998, the provincial government enacted Bill 102, Red Light Cameras Pilot Projects Act, 1998, to allow designated municipalities to use red light cameras for up to two years following date of proclamation
  • A pilot project followed which included six municipalities – the Cities of Toronto, Hamilton and Ottawa and the Regional Municipalities of Halton, Peel and Waterloo
  • 70 intersections were selected for the pilot project (38 in Toronto)
  • 18 cameras were rotated throughout the 70 intersections during the pilot project (10 cameras rotated among 38 intersections in Toronto)
  • Installation of the cameras is part of a program aimed at improving safety for all road users by reducing red light running at intersections
  • Cameras photograph vehicles that enter the intersection after the traffic signal turns red
  • Municipalities are committed to improving traffic safety for the travelling public
  • The City of Toronto’s cost for the pilot project was over $7 million
  • In August 2004, the province passed legislation allowing the six municipalities to operate red light cameras indefinitely
  • In June 2007, the provincial government amended the Regulations under the Highway Traffic Act, to permit designated municipalities to use additional cameras at designated locations
  • In January 2010, the Province of Ontario increased the fine for red light running from $180.00 to $325.00, recognizing that seriousness and often consequences of red light running
  • In January 2017, the program was reauthorized to add over 70 new cameras over the next 5 years.