Red light camera program hits one-year mark|
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Works and Emergency Services - The Red Light Camera Processing Centre has
released statistics as the red light camera pilot project reaches its first
full year of operation.
The month of August, 2001 saw the number of charges peak at 1,744. While the
number of charges increased over the first nine months of the year, the number
of charges has fallen from that mark over the past three months.
City officials are encouraged by the decrease in the number of charges laid
recently, but caution that it is too early to form conclusions about the
success of the project.
"The recent numbers suggest a decrease in red light running and that's a
positive sign," said Les Kelman, Director of Transportation Systems. "We're
hopeful that this means people are getting the message - don't run a red."
The red light cameras are part of a two-year pilot project involving six
Ontario municipalities - the cities of Toronto, Hamilton and Ottawa and the
regional municipalities of Halton, Peel and Waterloo.
In Toronto, red light running resulted in about 3,400 collisions at signalized
intersections in 1999. Since 1998, 46 people in Toronto have died in
collisions caused by motorists running a red light.
Toronto Red Light Camera Activity
Month: Charges Laid
December 2000: 272
January 2001: 149
February 2001: 174
March 2001: 304
April 2001: 447
May 2001: 534
June 2001: 777
July 2001: 1248
August 2001: 1744
September 2001: 1234
October 2001: 1309