Toronto’s 50 Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) devices have issued 81,557 tickets in the first three months of 2021. The device on Sheppard Avenue East west of Don Mills Road (Don Valley North) issued the most tickets each month.
In January, the ASE devices issued a total of 28,231 tickets. The device on Sheppard Avenue East west of Don Mills Road issued 6,603, or 23 per cent of all tickets. There were 2,457 repeat offenders.
In February, the devices issued a total of 22,860 tickets, with the device on the Sheppard Avenue East location mentioned above issuing 4,618, or 20 per cent of all tickets. There were 1,688 repeat offenders.
In March, the devices issued a total of 30,466 tickets. For a third time, the same Sheppard Avenue East location clinched the top spot. The device here issued 5,247, or 17 per cent of all tickets. There were 2,501 repeat offenders.
Sheppard Avenue East west of Don Mills Road is a wide arterial roadway with six lanes of traffic and a significant downhill slope. It is also the ASE site with the highest daily traffic volume from the current round of locations. In addition to Automated Speed Enforcement, the speed limit on Sheppard Avenue East in this area has been reduced to 50 km/h in December 2019 to curb speeding and minimize traffic-related fatalities.
Data for April will be released in the coming weeks.
“Speeding continues to be one of the most dangerous traffic safety issues in our city,” said Mayor John Tory. “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. 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.”
ASE devices are being relocated now to start enforcement at the third round of locations in June. This will help to reduce speeding at more areas with safety concerns, encourage a wide-ranging deterrent effect and raise public awareness about the need to slow down and obey posted speed limits. Warning signs have been posted at all new locations to warn drivers in advance, city officials said in a statement issued on Monday.
ASE tickets do not incur any demerit points and do not affect a person’s driving record.
Sites are selected primarily based on data that indicate where speed and collision challenges exist near schools in Community Safety Zones.
A map of all current and planned locations is available at https://www.toronto.ca/services-payments/streets-parking-transportation/road-safety/vision-zero/safety-initiatives/automated-speed-enforcement/speed-cameras/#location=&lat=&lng=.