Bringing Speeding Enforcement Back to Our Neighbourhoods

As Chair of Infrastructure and Environment committee, today I joined Mayor John Tory in announcing that the City’s Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) program will begin issuing tickets to speeding drivers on Monday, July 6.

News Release:

Automated Speed Enforcement aims to increase road safety, reduce speeding and raise public awareness about the need to slow down and obey posted speed limits.

There are 50 cameras installed city-wide on local, collector and arterial roads in Community Safety Zones near schools. Each ward has two ASE cameras that will capture and record images of vehicles travelling in excess of the posted speed limit. Signage is installed in advance of all ASE locations so that motorists are aware of their presence.

If a vehicle is detected travelling in excess of the posted speed limit in an ASE-enforced area, the registered owner of the vehicle will receive a ticket regardless of who was driving.

The total payable fine amount includes a set fine, which is determined by Schedule D under the Provincial Offences Act, a proportional victim fine surcharge and applicable court costs. Offenders are only fined – demerit points will not be applied.

An individual caught speeding between 1 and 19 km/h over the posted speed limit will receive a set fine of $5 per kilometre. If travelling between 20 and 29 km/h over the posted speed limit, the set fine will be $7.50 per kilometre. For anything between 30 and 49 km/h over the limit, the set fine will be $12 per kilometre.

For example, if a vehicle is detected speeding 49 km/h over the posted speed limit, the total payable fine amount would be $718. This includes a set fine of $588, a victim surcharge of $125 and $5 in applicable court costs.

Speeds of 50 km/h or more over the posted speed limit will not be eligible for settlement outside of court. A summons will be issued to the registered vehicle owner to appear before a Justice of the Peace.

ASE camera locations are selected based on data that indicate where speed and collisions have been a problem in Community Safety Zones near schools. Additional selection considerations included planned road work, speed limits changes, obstructions or impediments to the equipment, boulevard space and the nature of the road (ex. sharp curves or steep hills).

City Council has endorsed using speed cameras to help enforce the rules of the road and keep residents safe. The Government of Ontario approved regulations to allow municipalities to operate automated speed enforcement programs in December 2019. Cameras were installed at 50 locations shortly after the approval was granted and the City began sending warning letters to drivers during the 90-day pre-ticketing period. Ticketing was scheduled to start, as per the provincial regulations, in April but was delayed due to the COVID-19 shutdown.

Just in February and March before the temporary suspension of the program, Transportation Services staff issued more than 25,000 warning letters to drivers.

Between January 27 and June 18, extremely high speeds were detected at the following nine ASE locations:

ASE LocationSchoolWardPosted Speed Limit (km/h)Highest Detected Speed (km/h)Total (km/h) Over Speed LimitTotal # Of Speeding Incidents Per Site
Royalcrest Rd.Monsignor John Corrigan Catholic Elementary School14014310320,451
Renforth Dr.Hollycrest Middle School, Michael Power High School24015211225,551
Horner Ave.Sir Adam Beck Jr School340121816,384
Jameson Ave.Parkdale Collegiate Institute4401631239,127
Caledonia Rd.F H Miller Junior Public School9401076737,437
Birchmount Rd.Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Elementary School20401026211,969
Brimorton Dr.St Andrews Public School2140108687,918
Silver Springs Blvd.Lynnwood Heights Junior Public School22301118111,959
Military TrailSaint John Paul II Catholic Secondary School24401066611,935
142,731

More information on the City’s Automated Speed Enforcement program and a map of all locations is available at toronto.ca/ASE.

Residents with program-specific complaints, comments or questions should call 311 or email 311@toronto.ca. Ticket holders should refer to the information on their ticket or visit the City of Toronto’s COVID-19 webpage for updates on Court Services’ available online options at toronto.ca/COVID19.

Quotes:

“We have fought long and hard for the provincial permission and regulations to be able to use this technology to help protect pedestrians and crack down on speeding in our neighbourhoods. Automated Speed Enforcement is one example of the data-driven actions we are taking to achieve our Vision Zero road safety goals. This is about making our roads safer and saving lives. I’m confident the program will help slow drivers down in zones where children and older adults are likely to travel.”
– Mayor John Tory

“I firmly believe Automated Speed Enforcement will enhance road safety in our communities, deter speeding and protect the lives of the most vulnerable road users. It’s a step in the right direction and shows that reaching Vision Zero remains a big priority for the City of Toronto.”
– Councillor James Pasternak (Ward 6 York Centre) Chair of the Infrastructure and Environment Committee

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If you have any questions or feedback, please do not hesitate to call our office at 416 392 1371 or send us an email at councillor_pasternak@toronto.ca

About James Pasternak

Councillor James Pasternak has represented York Centre (Ward 6) in Toronto City Council since 2010. He sits on the Mayor’s Executive Committee and Chairs the Infrastructure and Environment Committee as well as the Chair of North York Community Council.

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