Over 15,000 tickets issued by Toronto's speed cameras in one month

Oct 23 2020, 6:59 am

Over 15,000 speeding tickets were issued by Toronto’s photo radar cameras this month, and one city road has accounted for 10% of all tickets — the most issued during its second month of operation.

In new data released by the City of Toronto, from August 6 to September 5, the city’s 50 Automated Speed Enforcement devices issued 15,175 tickets to speeding vehicles.

But for one Toronto street, speedsters became a bit of a problem as an ASE device on Renforth Drive near Lafferty Street issued 1,534 speeding tickets – the most on a single road during this period.

“This data continues to show the need for automated speed enforcement across our city. These speed cameras are focused on roads around schools to help keep kids safe,” said Mayor John Tory.

“For drivers, the simplest way to avoid getting a ticket is to slow down and obey the speed limit. Deploying automated speed enforcement is just one part of our Vision Zero Road Safety plan that includes road redesign, lowering speed limits on hundreds of kilometres of streets, and other data driven interventions.”

That same road in Etobicoke had also issued the highest fine of $682, issued to four other vehicles on surrounding Toronto streets as well.

According to the release, the fines were issued to vehicles travelling at 86 km/h in a 40 zone by devices on Royalcrest Road, near Cabernet Circle, Renforth Drive, near Lafferty Street, Jameson Avenue, south of Laxton Avenue, Caledonia Road, north of Rogers Road.

The information also showed that 1,198 drivers were repeated offenders during the second month of the use of the cameras.

“The data for the second month of enforcement shows us that speeding is still an issue in our city. Automated Speed Enforcement will not only reduce speed-related collisions, but it will also enhance quality of life for our communities,” said Councillor James Pasternak.

“Speed cameras deter speeding, increase compliance, and improve overall road safety. More importantly, they fit right into our Vision Zero agenda.”

Three of the most frequent repeat offenders were ticketed seven times for speeding at Bicknell Avenue, south of Avon Drive, Caledonia Road, north of Rogers Road and Murison Boulevard, near Curtis Crescent.

In its first month of use, the ASE cameras issued a total of 7,645 tickets in its first two weeks. The tickets were issued between July 6 and 20.

According to the city, during the first month of enforcement, the ASE cameras issued a total of 22,301 tickets to speeding vehicles, also detecting 2,239 repeat offenders.

“Each ward has two ASE devices that capture and record images of vehicles travelling in excess of the posted speed limit. Signage has been installed in advance of all ASE locations so that motorists are aware of their presence,” said the city.