City gets provincial approval to continue red light cameras |
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Works and Emergency Services - This week, the Provincial Legislature approved
the extension of the red light camera project for a minimum of two years. The
extension means that vehicles that run red lights at designated City of Toronto
intersections will continue to be captured on film, ticketed and prosecuted.
In February 2002, Toronto Council requested the Government of Ontario to extend
the red light camera pilot project for an additional two years while
municipalities and the province completed a detailed project evaluation and
made recommendations regarding the future use of red light cameras. The
Councils of Ottawa, Hamilton, Peel and Waterloo made similar requests to the
province and have also had their programs extended.
Ten cameras will continue to be rotated among 38 intersections in the City of
Toronto. From November 20, 2000 to October 31, 2002, the Toronto camera sites
captured more than 22,500 red light runners. The set fine for running a red
light detected by a camera system is $155.00, plus a $35.00 victim surcharge
fee for a total of $190.00.
"Motorists are starting to get the message that every time they run a red
light, they are putting someone's life at risk," said Mayor Mel Lastman. "We
know that lives will be saved by keeping these cameras in place - but I want
people to remember that whether there is a camera at an intersection or not, a
red light means stop."
In Toronto, red light running resulted in about 3,200 collisions at signalized
intersections in 2001. Approximately 33 per cent of the deaths at signalized
intersections in Toronto are attributed to red light running. Since 1996, 62
people have died in collisions caused by motorists running a red light.