Automated Speed Enforcement aims to increase road safety, reduce speeding and raise public awareness about the need to slow down and obey posted speed limits.
There are 50 cameras installed city-wide on local, collector and arterial roads in Community Safety Zones near schools. Each ward has two ASE cameras that will capture and record images of vehicles travelling in excess of the posted speed limit. Signage is installed in advance of all ASE locations so that motorists are aware of their presence.
If a vehicle is detected travelling in excess of the posted speed limit in an ASE-enforced area, the registered owner of the vehicle will receive a ticket regardless of who was driving.
The total payable fine amount includes a set fine, which is determined by Schedule D under the Provincial Offences Act, a proportional victim fine surcharge and applicable court costs. Offenders are only fined – demerit points will not be applied.
An individual caught speeding between 1 and 19 km/h over the posted speed limit will receive a set fine of $5 per kilometre. If travelling between 20 and 29 km/h over the posted speed limit, the set fine will be $7.50 per kilometre. For anything between 30 and 49 km/h over the limit, the set fine will be $12 per kilometre.
For example, if a vehicle is detected speeding 49 km/h over the posted speed limit, the total payable fine amount would be $718. This includes a set fine of $588, a victim surcharge of $125 and $5 in applicable court costs.
Speeds of 50 km/h or more over the posted speed limit will not be eligible for settlement outside of court. A summons will be issued to the registered vehicle owner to appear before a Justice of the Peace.
ASE camera locations are selected based on data that indicate where speed and collisions have been a problem in Community Safety Zones near schools. Additional selection considerations included planned road work, speed limits changes, obstructions or impediments to the equipment, boulevard space and the nature of the road (ex. sharp curves or steep hills).
City Council has endorsed using speed cameras to help enforce the rules of the road and keep residents safe. The Government of Ontario approved regulations to allow municipalities to operate automated speed enforcement programs in December 2019. Cameras were installed at 50 locations shortly after the approval was granted and the City began sending warning letters to drivers during the 90-day pre-ticketing period. Ticketing was scheduled to start, as per the provincial regulations, in April but was delayed due to the COVID-19 shutdown.
Just in February and March before the temporary suspension of the program, Transportation Services staff issued more than 25,000 warning letters to drivers.
“We have fought long and hard for the provincial permission and regulations to be able to use this technology to help protect pedestrians and crack down on speeding in our neighbourhoods. Automated Speed Enforcement is one example of the data-driven actions we are taking to achieve our Vision Zero road safety goals. This is about making our roads safer and saving lives. I’m confident the program will help slow drivers down in zones where children and older adults are likely to travel.”
– Mayor John Tory
More information on the City’s Automated Speed Enforcement program and a map of all locations is available at toronto.ca/ASE.
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