Toronto's new automated speed cameras issued over 7,600 tickets in first two weeks

Jul 31 2020, 10:32 am

The City of Toronto’s 50 Automated Speed Enforcement (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 this period, the highest speed detected was 89 km/h on Renforth Drive near Lafferty Street, where the posted speed limit is 40 km/h. The ASE camera on Renforth Drive issued the highest fine at $718.

The City said it also issued the most tickets at 890, representing 12 per cent of all tickets.

According to the data, which takes approximately 10 days to process and report, the number of repeat offenders during the first two weeks following the start of issuing tickets was 591. The most frequent repeat offender received a total of eight tickets for speeding at Trehorne Drive near Duffield Road.

Offenders are only fined – demerit points will not be applied.

The 50 cameras are installed city-wide on local, collector, and arterial roads in Community Safety Zones near schools.

On Thursday, July 23, the City said “it learned that two cameras issued a total of 299 erroneous tickets between Monday, July 6 and Wednesday, July 15 due to errors in programming on the side of the City’s ASE vendor (the erroneous tickets are not part of the total 7,645 tickets issued during the first two weeks of ticketing).”

“To ensure full transparency, the City is making the public aware of one issue that was identified and has been immediately corrected,” said a release.

The camera on Derrydown Road (Ward 7 – Humber River-Black Creek) issued 277 erroneous tickets after it was programmed to monitor for a speed limit of 30 km/h in a 40 km/h zone. This is a result of the vendor mistakenly programming for an incorrect speed limit without the knowledge of the City.

As well, according to the City, the camera on Elkhorn Drive (Ward 17 – Don Valley North) issued 22 erroneous tickets after it was programmed to indicate it was monitoring for the wrong direction of travel. “Similarly, this was done by the vendor without the City’s knowledge.”

City staff and the vendor responded immediately by conducting a thorough investigation to ensure that no other ASE camera was issuing erroneous tickets.

The City said recipients of the 299 erroneous tickets will receive a notice in the mail advising them that the City will be cancelling these tickets as they were issued in error and that no action will be required on their part.

“Residents who paid an erroneous ticket will receive a refund, or their payment will be returned. To inquire about payment refunds or returns, residents can send an email to [email protected],” said the City.

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