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November 29, 2001
Red light camera program hits one-year mark
  
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


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