More than 22,000 tickets were issued by Toronto speed cameras in just one month, according to a recent news release from the City.
In December, Toronto’s 50 Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) cameras issued 22,180 tickets with one camera, located on Stanley Avenue near Elizabeth street, issuing a whopping 2,888 tickets accounting for 13% of tickets issued that month.
Drivers ticketed by the city’s ASE cameras are issued a fine but do not receive any demerit points, and it does not affect the person’s driving record.
The highest fine in December went to a vehicle speeding on McCowan Road in Scarborough, just north of Kenhatch Boulevard. They were travelling 99km/h in a 50km/h speed zone and received a $718 ticket.
Three other offenders came in at a close second with $694 tickets. They were issued at Rockcliffe Boulevard near Rockcliffe Court for going 77 km/h in a 30 km/h zone; Jane Street north of Lambton Avenue for going 97 km/h in a 50 km/h zone; and Ellesmere Road east of Mondeo Drive for going 97 km/h in a 50 km/h zone.
According to the city release, 2,057 of the drivers who received tickets in December were repeat offenders, with one Etobicoke offender, in particular, receiving 15 different tickets for speeding in two locations: on Stanley Avenue near Elizabeth Street and Mimico Avenue just west of Station Road.
“Far too many drivers are speeding on our roads, and our speed cameras are one way we are increasing enforcement to crack down on this dangerous behaviour and protect all road users, including pedestrians and cyclists,” said Mayor John Tory.
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Toronto’s ASE program, which rolled out last year, installed cameras in areas where data indicated “speed and collision challenges exist near schools in Community Safety Zones.” The program was intended to “increase road safety, reduce speeding, and raise public awareness about the need to slow down and obey posted speed limits,” the City says.
The program’s 50 speed cameras are spread across Toronto, with each city ward having two devices. The program, according to Tory, has already been a success.
“As evidenced by enforcement data for previous locations, Automated Speed Enforcement works in changing driver behaviour and reducing speeding incidents, and I am certain we will see this positive impact repeat itself wherever the speed cameras are placed.”