TORONTO'S AUTOMATED CAMERAS SIGNIFICANTLY EFFECTIVE IN REDUCING NUMBER OF SPEEDERS AND OVERALL SPEEDS
Jul 11, 2023
By Bob Komsic
Three years after the city began its Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) program, just released study that looked at speed and crash data the last two-years clearly shows the cameras are doing their job.
The proportion of speeding in 30 km/h zones dropped 60% to 43%, 51% to 30% in 40 km/h zones and 58% to 36% in those where the limit’s 50 km/h.
Overall, there was a 45% reduction in proportion of speeders in areas with the Automated Speed Enforcement cameras.
Vehicle speeds dropped from 44 to 37 in 30 km/h zones, from 50 to 44 in 40 km/h zones and 63 to 60 in 50 km/h zones.
An overall decrease of about 7 km/h in areas with an ASE camera.
The study also found the percentage of drivers speeding fell at 80% of locations with a camera.
Excessive speeding; 20 km/h or more above the limit, dropped 87% after a camera was placed in a Community Safety Zone.
There are 3 municipal cameras in each of Toronto’s 25 wards that are moved to areas where data indicates speeding’s an issue.
The risk of fatal crashes rises by5% for every 1 km/h increase in vehicle speeds.