- A total of 6,646 of drivers caught by the speed cameras were repeat offenders.
- How expensive the fine is depends on how fast the car was going.
- Toronto will rotate the ASE camera locations for the third time in June.
Toronto’s Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) cameras are certainly proving their worth, as the photo radar cameras issued more than 81,000 speeding tickets between January and March of 2021.
There are 50 ASE cameras located across the city, and according to the City of Toronto's data, 81,557 speeding fines were mailed to drivers who raced past one of the watchful devices in the first quarter of the year. A total of 6,646 of those drivers were repeat offenders.
Evidently, the speed camera located on Sheppard Avenue East west of Don Mills Road (in the Don Valley North ward) is the area where a lot of speeding motorists drive. That location’s camera accounted for 23% of all tickets issued in January, 20% of all tickets issued in February, and 17% of all tickets issued in March.
The cameras continue to rake in cash for the city at the expense of drivers who don’t obey the speed limit. These latest monthly numbers surpass the 22,000 tickets that were issued in the first month the speed cameras went into action in July 2020.
“Speeding continues to be one of the most dangerous traffic safety issues in our city. I urge every driver in Toronto to slow down and obey the posted speed limits not only because it’s the law but because doing so saves lives,” said Mayor John Tory in a press release. “Speed cameras are a proven traffic calming measure that we will continue to rotate across the city because we are committed to making our roads safer.”
The speeding tickets issued by the cameras are mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle that was pictured speeding. How expensive the fine is depends on how fast the car was going. There is also a $130 victim surcharge and related court costs tacked on to the fine.
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Although the driver who was speeding will receive no demerit points and the photo radar ticket will not affect their driving record or car insurance premium, if you’re nabbed driving more than 50 km/h above the posted limit, you are required to appear before a Justice of the Peace to explain your actions.
Toronto will rotate the ASE camera locations for the third time in June. Warning signs are posted at all the new locations to give drivers a heads-up in advance. The new 50 locations are:
- 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 Drive (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 Circle (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 Trail (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)
You can see where all current and future ASE camera locations are and will be citywide by viewing Toronto’s speed camera map.