Red Light Cameras
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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:
|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||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.