- Cost of speeding tickets from an automated camera
- The strategy behind the automated speed enforcement cameras
- Toronto’s speed and red-light camera map
Just when you thought you knew precisely where all 50 of the City of Toronto’s automated speed enforcement (ASE) cameras are, the city says it will move them to new locations in May.
Originally launched on July 6, 2020, as part of the Vision Zero Road Safety Plan, the ASEs automatically take pictures of a vehicle’s licence plate if a car is speeding regardless of who is driving it. The registered owner of the vehicle receives a ticket in the mail.
If you receive a speeding fine in the mail from one of the ASEs, no demerit points are levied against your driver’s licence and it won’t show up on your driving record, so they won’t affect the cost of your car insurance premium at renewal.
Nevertheless, those fines can get expensive:
- $5 per km/h for drivers going 1-19 km/h over the speed limit.
- $7.50 per km/h for driving 20-29 km/h above the limit.
- $12 per km/h for speeding 30-49 km/h over the posted limit.
A victim surcharge of $130 is also tacked on to the speeding fine. If a vehicle exceeds the speed limit by 50 km/h or more, the registered vehicle owner will receive a summons to appear before a Justice of the Peace. Moreover, if you have any unpaid ASE tickets, they will show up when you go to renew your licence plate sticker, and you will have to pay them to get your plate sticker renewed.
In general, speeding fines and other minor infractions such as failing to signal, failing to yield, or the obstruction of a licence plate may lead to a 10% increase in your premium.
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Are Toronto’s speed cameras having an impact?
There are two cameras placed in each of the city’s wards, typically in neighbourhoods that are considered community safety zones such as ones with schools, and they are capturing drivers who speed.
The strategy behind using the ASEs is to encourage drivers to slow down, drive the limit, and reduce collisions with other vehicles and accidents with cyclists and pedestrians. Toronto Mayor John Tory says the city's data so far proves the ASEs are a strong deterrent against speeding. Although that may be true, it hasn't deterred one motorist who racked up 15 tickets in April on one street in Etobicoke-Lakeshore.
“We will continue to rotate speed cameras in the city to cover as many areas as possible. All new locations have been selected following a data-driven approach that prioritizes areas in the city with speed and collision challenges,” Tory said in a press release. “This is just one part of our ongoing Vision Zero traffic safety work – which includes road redesigns, lower speed limits, and increased enforcement – to make our streets safer for everyone.”
Where are Toronto’s speed cameras located?
It is the second time Toronto is relocating its speed cameras after moving them in November. If you’re wondering where Toronto’s active and planned speed cameras are, as well as its red-light cameras that issue fines to drivers who run a red light at an intersection, take a peek at the city’s speed camera map.
As per provincial guidelines, warning signs have been installed at all the new locations to warn drivers who enter a community safety zone where an ASE is.
In May, the ASEs will be located in the following areas:
- Martin Grove Road, north of Garfella Drive (Etobicoke North)
- John Garland Boulevard, near Kendleton Drive (Etobicoke North)
- The East Mall, south of Capri Road (Etobicoke Centre)
- La Rose Avenue, east of Griggsden Avenue (Etobicoke Centre)
- Algoma Street, east of Royal York Road (Etobicoke-Lakeshore)
- Lake Shore Boulevard West, near Twentieth Street (Etobicoke-Lakeshore)
- Windermere Avenue, near St. Olave’s Road (Parkdale-High Park)
- Annette Street, near Laws Street (Parkdale-High Park)
- Guestville Avenue, near Dennis Avenue (York South-Weston)
- Culford Road, north of Burr Avenue (York South-Weston)
- Wilson Avenue, near 1196 Wilson Ave. (York Centre)
- Northover Street, south of Sheppard Avenue West (York Centre)
- Shoreham Drive, west of Gosford Boulevard (Humber River-Black Creek)
- Stong Court, west of Driftwood Avenue (Humber River-Black Creek)
- Wilson Avenue, west of Belgrave Avenue (Eglinton-Lawrence)
- Marlee Avenue, south of Hillmount Avenue (Eglinton-Lawrence)
- Dufferin Street, near Waterloo Avenue (Davenport)
- Concord Avenue, north of College Street (Davenport)
- Dundas Street West, near Augusta Avenue (Spadina-Fort York)
- The Esplanade, east of Princess Street (Spadina-Fort York)
- Avenue Road, near Macpherson Avenue (University-Rosedale)
- Clinton Street, north of College Street (University-Rosedale)
- Davisville Avenue, near Acacia Road (Toronto-St. Paul’s)
- Bansley Avenue, south of Vaughan Road (Toronto-St. Paul’s)
- Homewood Avenue, near Maitland Place (Toronto Centre)
- Parliament Street, north of Oak Street (Toronto Centre)
- Greenwood Avenue, south of Glebeholme Boulevard (Toronto-Danforth)
- Plains Road, near Milton Road (Toronto-Danforth)
- Blythwood Road, near Blyth Hill Road (Don Valley West)
- Leslie Street, south of Lawrence Avenue East (Don Valley West)
- York Mills Road, east of Rayoak Drive (Don Valley East)
- Grenoble Drive, west of Spanbridge Road (Don Valley East)
- Van Horne Avenue, west of Brian Drive (Don Valley North)
- Parkway Forest Drive, near 25 Parkway Forest Dr. (Don Valley North)
- Drewry Avenue, east of Norwin Street (Willowdale)
- Ellerslie Avenue, west of Diagonal Road (Willowdale)
- Victoria Park Avenue, near Medonte Avenue (Beaches-East York)
- Secord Avenue, near Palmer Avenue (Beaches-East York)
- Birchmount Road, south of Sadler Drive (Scarborough Southwest)
- Bellamy Road, south north of Kingston Road (Scarborough Southwest
- Gilder Drive, east of Midland Avenue (Scarborough Centre)
- Lawrence Avenue East, west of Ben Stanton Boulevard (Scarborough Centre)
- Bamburgh Circle, near 125 Bamburgh Cir. (Scarborough-Agincourt)
- Chester Le Boulevard, near Pettibone Square (Scarborough-Agincourt)
- Huntingwood Drive, near Mollard Road (Scarborough North)
- Heather Road, east of Glen Watford Drive (Scarborough North)
- Military Trail, near 341 Military Tr. (Scarborough-Guildwood)
- Gatesview Avenue, east of Cedar Drive (Scarborough-Guildwood)
- Sewells Road, west of Glenheather Terrace (Scarborough-Rouge Park)
- Centennial Road, south of Cherrydale Court (Scarborough-Rouge Park)
In general, speeding convictions stay on your driving record for three years, and in turn, can potentially increase your car insurance premium for the same length of time.