Ontario launching automated speed enforcement

 

The Ontario government has passed legislation that will allow municipalities to install automated speed enforcement devices on certain roads.

These new regulations will allow cities to issue tickets to drivers who are caught speeding on camera.

In order for a driver to receive a ticket from a picture taken by one of these devices, their license plate must be visible in the photo, and the speed enforcement system must have been tested and determined to be accurate no more than 12 months before the date the picture was taken.

Pictures taken of drivers driving over the speed limit will be reviewed by a provincial offences officer—if they meet the requirements for a ticket, one will be mailed to the driver within 23 days.

Currently, these devices will only be permitted in school zones and community safety zones where the speed limit is below 80 km/h, and the province has no plans to use these devices on provincial highways (good news for drivers with a heavy foot who frequent the 401).

Additionally, municipalities that choose to install these devices must also post signs notifying drivers at or immediately before where the devices will be used on the right side of the road.

Toronto plans to implement these devices in 50 locations across the city, according to a statement from Toronto Mayor John Tory.

I will be doing everything I can to avoid any further delays to getting automated speed enforcement in locations across the city,” he said.

Cover photo courtesy of @diedinmydream ‘s Instagram

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