Toronto's speeding cameras issues over 53,000 tickets in less than 5 months

Jan 15 2021, 2:18 pm

Toronto’s speeding cameras issued over 53,000 speeding tickets in less than five months.

The City of Toronto’s 50 Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) devices issued a total of 53,090 tickets at the first round of locations, from July 6, 2020 through the final day of enforcement on November 30, 2020.

According to the City, when looking at the data, the ASE program had a positive impact on driver behaviour, with less speeding and incidents from repeat offenders.

The first period of data showed:

  • July 6 to August 5:  22,301 total tickets issued, 2,239 repeat offenders.
  • August 6 to September 5: 15,175 total tickets issued and 1,198 repeat offenders.
  • September 6 to October 6: 9,719 total tickets issued and 604 repeat offenders
  • October 7 to October 31: 5,174 total tickets issued, and 251 repeat offenders
  • November 1 to November 30: 721 total tickets issued

“Once again the data proves that the City’s Automated Speed Enforcement program can positively impact driver behaviour, evident in the reduction in speeding incidents and repeat offenders where the speed cameras are placed,” Mayor John Tory said in a statement.

“I’m glad to see this downward trend in the number of tickets issued and hope this will continue to be the case at all future locations.”

During the entire enforcement period at the first round of locations, the device on Renforth Drive near Lafferty Street (Etobicoke Centre) issued the most tickets at 5,404, or 10% of all tickets.

The highest fine of $718 was issued to a vehicle owner travelling at 89 km/h in a 40 k/m speed limit zone by the same device on Renforth Drive.

According to the data, the number of repeat offenders at the first round of locations was 5,822. The most frequent repeat offender received 17 tickets for speeding near Crow Trail and Bradstone Square in Scarborough North.

All 50 devices were moved to new locations in at the end of November, to address additional areas with safety concerns.

The devices are expected to rotate to new locations again in the spring.

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