Brampton Could Soon Take Photos of Your Car in School Zones

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Red light cameras in Brampton are already on the lookout for drivers who aren’t obeying the rules of the road, and now, drivers could soon see more cameras on Brampton’s streets looking for illegal behaviours.

It’s true - the city is considering installing an Automated Speed Enforcement System (ASE) in community safety zones and school zones to keep a closer eye on drivers.

ASE is essentially a photo radar, similar to red light cameras.

Since the province passed Bill 65, the Safer School Zone Act, in May 2017, staff from Public Works & Engineering and Corporate Services have been a part of a working group led by the Ontario Traffic Council (OTC), alongside some other municipalities.

The goal?

To establish consistent rules for ASE across the province, according to city council documents dated June 5, 2018.

Essentially, Bill 65 allows municipalities to enforce by-laws to permit these speed-watching cameras in community safety zones and school zones.

According to the city, “excess speed” was the fourth-ranked traffic safety concern for survey respondents in a 2016 public opinion survey.

Currently, Brampton has 10 designated Community Safety Zones and over 160 schools.

Toronto is already moving forward with the cameras, as of early 2018. That includes issuing a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the equipment and maintenance costs to operate ASE.

The entire ASE program is similar to the red light cameras program, where one Joint Processing Centre (JPC) would process ASE offences.

You might be wondering how you’ll know when the program is in effect.

According to the city, drivers will receive warnings for the first few months after the cameras are installed.

While an official timeline has not yet been confirmed, provincial regulations and contract award by all participating municipalities is expected to take place in 2019.

Following the completion of the ASE RFP and applicable provincial regulations, the contract procurement and installation could take up to one year with the first ASE site commissioned in 2020,” read recent city council documents.

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