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Toronto, Dec 16 (Canadian-Media): In an effort to increase road safety, installation of Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) cameras and signage on Toronto streets is being started today by the City of Toronto to reduce speeding and raise public awareness about the need to slow down and obey posted speed limits, media reports said.
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As an efficient tool in the City's Vision Zero, ASE in Toronto is intended to work along with other Vision Zero methods and strategies already in place, including road redesign improvements, police enforcement and public education.
With over 50 safety measures across six emphasis areas, the Vision Zero Road Safety Plan, a comprehensive action plan aims to reduce traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries on Toronto’s streets and prioritizes the safety of our most vulnerable road users: pedestrians, schoolchildren, seniors and cyclists.
A total of 50 cameras are reported to be installed on local, collector and arterial roads in Community Safety Zones near schools with two ASE cameras in each ward to capture and record images of vehicles travelling in excess of the speed limit posted.
"Speed limits are not suggestions – they are the law...We have fought for years for the provincial regulations to allow Automated Speed Enforcement on our streets because we know it will save lives...enhance safety in our Community Safety Zones but will also bring us closer to our Vision Zero goals," said Toronto Mayor John Tory.
Speed, the contributing factor in approximately one third of fatal collisions in Canada accounts for more than 50 percent of convictions related to the Highway Traffic Act in Ontario.
The launch of a 90-day public education campaign starting this week by the City to warn drivers and raise awareness about ASE in advance of laying any charges, including issuing warning letters to speeding drivers in lieu of tickets. Warning signage will be installed in each ward to inform drivers as they approach an ASE camera.
Issue of ASE tickets to speeding drivers are expected to start in the spring of 2020 at the end of the 90-day public education campaign.
ASE tickets will be be mailed to the registered plate holder of a vehicle exceeding the posted speed limit in an ASE-enforced area. Offenders are only fined with no demerit points applied.
"Those exceeding the speed limit and putting lives at risk will almost certainly receive a ticket... Those obeying the rules of the road...users have little to worry about and set a good example for everyone," said Councillor James Pasternak (Ward 6 York Centre), Chair of the Infrastructure and Environment Committee.
The criteria for the selection of areas where the ASE camera would be installed was based on data indicating the existence of speed and collision challenges such as in Community Safety Zones near schools in Toronto, planned road work, speed limits, obstructions or impediments to equipment, boulevard space and the nature of the road.
The locations are:
• Ward 1: Royalcrest Road between Cabernet Circle and Leading Road
• Ward 1: Harefield Drive between Barford Road and Elmhurst Drive
• Ward 2: Renforth Drive between Tabard Gate and Lafferty Street
• Ward 2: Trehorne Drive between Duffield Road and Tallon Road
• Ward 3: Horner Avenue between Orianna Drive and Foch Avenue
• Ward 3: Chartwell Road between Badger Avenue and Larstone Avenue
• Ward 4: Jameson Avenue between Laxton Avenue and Leopold Street
• Ward 4: Close Avenue between Queen Street and King Street
• Ward 5: Bicknell Avenue between Juliet Crescent and Avon Drive
• Ward 5: Brookhaven Drive between Fox Point and Nordale Crescent
• Ward 6: Faywood Boulevard between Faith Avenue and Sunbeam Avenue
• Ward 6: Wilmington Avenue between Finch Avenue and Purdon Drive
• Ward 7: Derrydown Road between Killamarsh Drive and Catford Road
• Ward 7: Grandravine Drive between Jane Street and Driftwood Avenue
• Ward 8: Corona Street between Wenderly Drive and Claver Avenue
• Ward 8: Ridge Hill Drive between Old Park Road and Glenarden Road
• Ward 9: Caledonia Road between Rogers Road and Corby Avenue
• Ward 9: Gladstone Avenue between Cross Street and Waterloo Avenue
• Ward 10: Manning Avenue between Dundas Street West and Robinson Street
• Ward 10: Givins Street between Argyle Street and Bruce Street
• Ward 11: Lippincott Street between Vankoughnet Street and College Street
• Ward 11: Huron Street between Bernard Avenue and Lowther Avenue
• Ward 12: Atlas Avenue between Ava Road and Belvidere Avenue
• Ward 12: Brownlow Avenue between Eglinton Avenue and Soudan Avenue
• Ward 13: Prospect Street between Rose Avenue and Ontario Street
• Ward 13: Spruce Street between Gifford Street and Nasmith Avenue
• Ward 14: Chatham Avenue between Jones Avenue and Euston Avenue
• Ward 14: Morse Street between Queen Street and Eastern Avenue
• Ward 15: Bessborough Drive between Field Avenue and Sharron Drive
• Ward 15: Ranleigh Avenue between Yonge Street and Mount Pleasant Road
• Ward 16: Gateway Boulevard between Don Mills Road (south intersection) Grenoble Drive
• Ward 16: Ness Drive between York Mills Road and Lynedock Crescent
• Ward 17: Elkhorn Drive between Whittaker Crescent and Hawksbury Drive
• Ward 17: Cherokee Boulevard between Pawnee Avenue and Shawnee Circle
• Ward 18: Patricia Avenue between Laconia Drive and Homewood Avenue
• Ward 18: Lillian Street between Abitibi Avenue and Otonabee Avenue
• Ward 19: Gower Street between Cedarcrest Boulevard and Dawes Road
• Ward 19: Barrington Avenue between Balfour Avenue and Doncaster Avenue
• Ward 20: Falmouth Avenue between Brussels Road and Ordway Road
• Ward 20: Birchmount Road between Kingston Road and Hollis Avenue
• Ward 21: Brimorton Drive between Hathway Drive and Neapolitan Drive
• Ward 21: Marcos Boulevard between Cicerella Crescent (east intersection) and Cicerella Crescent (west intersection)
• Ward 22: Beverly Glen Boulevard between Stonebridge Boulevard and Silver Spruce Drive
• Ward 22: Silver Springs Boulevard between Revlis Crescent (east intersection) and Revlis Crescent (west intersection)
• Ward 23: Crow Trail between Crittenden Square and Bradstone Square
• Ward 23: Alton Towers Circle between Goldhawk Trail (north intersection) and Goldhawk Trail (south intersection)
• Ward 24: Galloway Road between Lawrence Avenue and Weir Crescent
• Ward 24: Military Trail between Cindy Nicholas Drive and Bonspiel Drive
• Ward 25: Hupfield Trail between Glanvil Crescent (north intersection) and Glanvil Crescent (south intersection)
• Ward 25: Murison Boulevard between Breckon Gate and Curtis Crescent