TORONTO: The City of Toronto’s 50 Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) cameras began issuing tickets to speeding vehicles on July 6. If a vehicle is detected traveling in excess of the posted speed limit in an ASE-enforced area, the registered owner of the vehicle will receive a ticket regardless of who was driving.
Automated speed enforcement aims to increase road safety, reduce speeding, and raise public awareness about the need to slow down and obey posted speed limits. 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 travelling in excess of the posted speed limit. Signage is installed in advance of all ASE locations to make motorists aware of their presence. The total payable fine amount includes a set fine, determined by Schedule D under the Provincial Offences Act, a victim fine surcharge and applicable court costs. Offenders are only fined – demerit points will not be applied.
An individual caught speeding between 1 and 19 km/h over the posted speed limit will receive a set fine of $5 per kilometer. If traveling between 20 and 29km/h over the posted speed limit, the set fine will be $7.50 per kilometer. For anything between 30 and 49 km/h over the limit, the set fine will be $12 per kilometer.
For example, if a vehicle is detected speeding 49 km/h over the posted speed limit, the total payable fine amount would be $718. This includes a set fine of $588, a victim surcharge of $125, and $5 inapplicable court costs. Speeds of 50 km/h or more over the posted speed limit will not be eligible for settlement outside of court. A summons will be issued to the registered vehicle owner to appear before a Justice of the Peace. ASE camera locations are selected based on data that indicate where speed and collisions have been a problem in Community Safety Zones near schools.
Additional selection considerations included planned road work, speed limits changes, obstructions or impediments to the equipment, boulevard space and the nature of the road (e.g. sharp curves or steep hills). A three-month, multilingual public education campaign to raise awareness about automated speed enforcement in Toronto and remind residents of the dangers of speeding has also been launched.
The campaign will be featured across multiple platforms and media until September. The Government of Ontario approved regulations to allow municipalities to operate automated speed enforcement programs in December 2019. Cameras were installed shortly after the approval was granted and the City began issuing warning letters to drivers during the 90-day pre-ticketing period. Ticketing was scheduled to start in April but was delayed due to the COVID-19 shutdown. In February and March before the temporary suspension of the program, Transportation Services staff issued more than 25,000 warning letters to drivers.
More information on the City’s ASE program and a map of all locations are available at https://www.toronto.ca/ASE. Residents with program-specific complaints, comments, or questions should call 311 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Ticket holders should refer to the information on their ticket or visit the City of Toronto’s COVID-19 webpage for updates on Court Services’ available online options at https://www.toronto.ca/ COVID19.
Mayor John Tory said: ”Today is the culmination of a years-long fight to bring automated speed enforcement to Toronto to deter speeding, increase road safety and protect our most vulnerable road users. The message is clear: speed limits are not suggestions – they are the law. Those exceeding the speed limit and putting lives at risk will almost certainly receive a ticket, as they should.”