Canada's Condominium Magazine
Sixty-five new “red light” cameras have been installed in dangerous Toronto intersections under an initiative from the City of Toronto to “eliminate traffic death and serious injury.” Ten more are due this year. Prior to this increase, there were 77 intersection cameras.
According to Myles Currie, the city’s director of the Traffic Management Centre, there has been a 40 percent drop in the number of collisions causing death or serious injuries — specifically, at the intersections where the cameras have been installed.
This has also led to a ramp up in fines for running red lights. The fine is $315, with the city keeping $260 in revenue and the rest going to victim surcharges and court costs. The 75 cameras cost the city $2.1 million, including the cost to run for five years.
Over 1000 charges
In addition to saving lives, in the initial short run with the traffic cameras, over 1,000 charges were laid for running red lights at one intersection alone. The key to improving safety is the prominent signs that discourage heavy-footed drivers from running the lights.
According to the Ontario Safety League, it is the cautionary signage that improves safety, by discouraging aggressive driving. The signs warn of fines and cameras, rather than safety, but the net end result is a safer intersection.
Added revenue from the cameras will likely be used to invest in both expansions of the cameras to new intersections, and public education, according to Elliot Silversteing at the Canadian Automobile Association. He indicated that 70 percent of CAA’s membership support the use of the cameras.