Red Light Cameras are here to stay
In August 2004, the Provincial Government passed legislation allowing municipalities to operate red light cameras indefinitely.
In January 2010, the Province of Ontario increased the fine for red light running from $180.00 to $325.00, recognizing the seriousness and often severe consequences of red light running.
Statistics collected from the five municipalities suggest that drivers are getting the message that running a red light is dangerous and they are stopping for red lights. Collisions resulting in deaths and personal injuries have been reduced by more than 25 per cent and those resulting in property damage are down almost 18 per cent as a result of red light camera enforcement.
Taking a closer look at the City of Toronto locations, the number of angle collisions (those most indicative of red light running) causing death, injury or property damage have been reduced by over 60 percent.
Currently, there are over 150 red light cameras operated by the participating municipalities. In Toronto alone, 77 red light cameras are in operation. Changing driver behaviour, reducing collisions and saving lives are the key reasons the cameras are used.
One thing is certain, red light running is a serious issue in our community. Over 40 per cent of fatalities at signalized intersections are attributed to red light running. Statistics indicate that red light cameras provide a safety benefit since collisions and injuries have been reduced at intersections where cameras are used.
A new five year Red Light Camera Program will begin in January 2017. As a result, there will be 76 new sites constructed at locations throughout the City. As part of the efforts within the Vision Zero Road Safety Plan, Transportation Services will also be reassessing each of the existing 77 red light camera locations to determine whether or not each specific site should remain in operation. The assessment will be based on a review of the latest collision data as well as a review of the proposed road safety improvements surrounding each of the existing sites. The assessment may also include the addition of new red light camera sites to supplement the Road Safety Plan's designated pedestrian, senior and/or school safety zones.