Toronto enforcement issued over 9,700 speeding tickets in one month alone.
On Thursday, the city released data showing that the Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) devices issued more than 9,719 tickets during its third month of operations from September 6 to October 6.
“The Automated Speed Enforcement program is working. Each month, fewer drivers were caught speeding in school and community safety zones where they’ve been placed, and they are helping to keep vulnerable people, especially school children, in these communities safer,” Mayor John Tory said.
“It’s clear that more people are changing their driving behaviour and I hope that moving these devices to new locations in November will see the same encouraging and almost immediate results.”
During this period, the area where the most tickets were issued was Gateway Boulevard in Don Valley East with 955 tickets, accounting for almost 10% of the total issued.
And the highest fine of $706 was issued to a vehicle owner travelling at 78 kilometres per hour in a 30 kilometre limit zone on Bicknell Avenue, South of Avon Drive.
According to the data, there were 604 repeat offenders and the six most frequent repeat offenders received six tickets for speeding at Patricia Avenue, West of Homewood Avenue.
The city notes that ASE tickets do not incur any demerit points and do not affect a person’s driving record.
“All 50 ASE devices will be moved to new locations starting this week to address a greater number of areas with safety concerns and to encourage a wide-ranging deterrent effect. Signage has been posted at all new locations to warn drivers in advance. Warning letters in lieu of tickets will not be issued,” the city release adds.
During the first full month of enforcement, July 6 to August 5, ASE devices issued a total of 22,301 tickets to speeding vehicles and detected 2,239 repeat offenders. In the second month, from August 6 to September 5, the devices issued 15,175 tickets and identified 1,198 repeat offenders.