Red Light Cameras to begin clicking at designated intersections across Toronto|
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Vehicles that run red lights at designated intersections in Toronto will now be
captured on film as the City's red light cameras pilot project becomes
operational across the city, beginning November 20.
As part of the project, 40 intersections in Toronto have been selected as
venues for the cameras. Ten cameras will be rotated among the 40 intersections
for the duration of the two-year program.
"It's about keeping our streets safer," said Mayor Mel Lastman, as he unveiled
a camera at the intersection of Eglinton Avenue and Don Mills Road. "These
cameras will do that."
The pilot project involves six Ontario municipalities including the City of
Toronto and the Regional Municipalities of Halton, Hamilton-Wentworth,
Ottawa-Carlton, Peel and Waterloo.
In addition to the cameras, there will be increased police enforcement at
intersections across the city.
"We are confident that the installation of these cameras and increased
enforcement will result in fewer collisions, injuries and fatalities, not only
at these intersections, but across the city," added Mayor Lastman. "But, it's
important 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 3,400 collisions at signalized
intersections in 1999. Since 1996, 52 people in Toronto have died in collisions
caused by motorists running a red light. Forty per cent of fatalities at
signalized intersections in Toronto are attributed to red light running.
In Ontario, red light running resulted in about 7,200 collisions at signalized
intersections in 1997.