Toronto Automated Speed Enforcement devices issued over 36,700 tickets 

eAwaz Local News

Toronto – The City of Toronto’s 50 Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) devices issued a total of 18,619 tickets in July and 18,114 tickets in August, the second and third months of enforcement at the third round of camera locations.

Between July 1 and July 31, the device on Victoria Park Avenue, near Tiago Avenue, issued the most tickets at 2,645, or 14 per cent of all tickets. According to the data, there were 1,211 repeat offenders in July, with the most frequent repeat offender receiving nine tickets for speeding on Gilder Drive east of Midland Avenue.

Between August 1 and August 31, the device on Greenwood Avenue, south of Glebeholme Boulevard, issued the most tickets at 2,673, or 15 per cent of all tickets. In August, the number of repeat offenders dropped to 764, with the most frequent repeat offender receiving nine tickets for speeding on Algoma Street east of Royal York Road.

The devices issued a total of 26,566 tickets in June, the first month of enforcement at the third round of locations. The full enforcement data for June is available online .

The ASE devices are mobile and rotate to new locations regularly to help reduce speeding at more areas with safety concerns, encourage a wide-ranging deterrent effect and raise public awareness about the need to slow down and obey posted speed limits. Signs have been posted at all locations to warn drivers in advance.

Devices are expected to start enforcement at the fourth round of locations in November.

The total payable fine amount includes a set fine, which is determined by Schedule D under the Provincial Offences Act, a victim fine surcharge and applicable court costs. ASE tickets do not incur any demerit points and do not affect a person’s driving record.

The City continues to retroactively process Part III offences for excessive speeding incidents captured by the ASE devices, following delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Excessive speeding refers to instances where a vehicle has exceeded the speed limit by 50 km/h or more. Under provincial regulations, there is no set fine for charges related to excessive speeding. Instead, a summons is served to the registered vehicle owner to appear before a Justice of the Peace.

To date, 197 Part III charges have been laid since the start of enforcement on July 6, 2020. The highest excessive speed detected was 141 km/h in a 50 km/h speed limit zone on Martin Grove Road, north of Garfella Drive. The device at this location also captured 33 Part III offenders, the highest since the start of enforcement.

The 50 ASE devices are installed near schools in Community Safety Zones. Sites are selected primarily based on data that indicate where speed and collision challenges exist. Each ward has two ASE devices that capture and record images of vehicles travelling in excess of the posted speed limit.

The ASE program aims to increase road safety, reduce speeding and raise public awareness about the need to slow down and obey posted speed limits. It is designed to work in tandem with other Vision Zero methods and strategies, including engineering measures, education initiatives and traditional police enforcement.

More information about the program, how to settle fees and a map of all current and planned locations is available here.

The Vision Zero Road Safety Plan is a comprehensive action plan that aims to reduce traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries on Toronto’s streets. With more than 50 safety measures across seven emphasis areas, the plan prioritizes the safety of Toronto’s most vulnerable road users: people who walk and cycle, schoolchildren, and older adults.

“Automated Speed Enforcement is a successful Vision Zero measure that reduces speeding and increases compliance at the locations where the cameras are placed. Along with the increased road safety enforcement efforts from the Toronto Police Service, the City will continue to invest in Vision Zero programs to protect our most vulnerable road users and continue to crack down on irresponsible and reckless driving.” – Mayor John Tory