Ase Cameras Issue Over 22,000 Tickets In Toronto

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Vehicles drive on Highway 401 westbound in Kingston, Ont., on January 11, 2019. Ontario's government plans to launch a review of speed limits on provincial highways, with the transportation minister musing that some of those roads can safely handle traffic at 120 kilometres per hour. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

TORONTO: For the first time in history, the City’s 50 Automated Speed Enforcement cameras will be fully operational throughout the back-to-school season.

On July 6, 2020, all 50-speed cameras began issuing tickets to vehicles traveling in excess of the posted speed limit.

Between July 6 and August 5, one month following the start of issuing tickets, the speed cameras issued a total of 22,301 tickets. During this period, the highest speed detected was 89 km/h on Renforth Drive near Lafferty Street (Ward 2 – Etobicoke Centre) where the posted speed limit is 40 km/h.

The ASE camera on Renforth Drive issued the highest fine at $718. It also issued the most tickets at 2,786, representing 12.5 per cent of all tickets.

According to the data, the number of repeat offenders during the first month of operation was 2,239. The most frequent repeat offender received a total of 12 tickets for speeding at Crow Trail near Bradstone Square (Ward 23 – Scarborough North).

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. Automated Speed Enforcement tickets do not incur any demerit points and do not affect a person’s driving record.

The 50 cameras are installed city-wide on the local, collector, and arterial roads in Community Safety Zones near schools. Each ward has two ASE cameras that will capture and record images of vehicles traveling in excess of the posted speed limit.

Signage is installed in advance of all ASE locations so that motorists are aware of their presence.

More information about the program and a map of all locations is available at toronto.ca/ ASE. Residents with the program-specific complaint should call 311 or email 311@toronto.ca.

Ticket holders should refer to the information on their ticket or visit toronto.ca/COVID19

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