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September 12, 2003
Red Light Camera Project a success
  
Toronto - Red light cameras have generated more than 20,000 tickets and cut
personal injuries at monitored intersections by almost 20 per cent, according
to a study conducted by the Transportation Services Division of the City of
Toronto.

"This is the kind of result we were looking for when we introduced the Red
Light Camera Pilot Project in 2000," said Mayor Mel Lastman, who called the
results "fantastic."

"The motor maniacs are slowing down - and this is just ten cameras rotating
through 38 intersections," said Lastman. Imagine the lives we could save and
the injuries we could prevent with cameras at intersections right across the
City."

Councillor Brad Duguid, chair of the City's Works Committee, agreed - and said
he is looking forward to a positive response from the province to the
committee's recommendation that red-light cameras become an option for
Ontario's municipalities.

"The results show that the cameras are working, so making them permanent would
go a long way to improving traffic safety in our communities," Duguid said.

The Transportation Services Division will be recommending a continuation of the
program to the new Toronto Council in early 2004.

Media contact:
Steve Johnston, Sr. Communications Coordinator, Works and Emergency Services,
416-392-4391



 

 

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