Update on Peel's Red Light Camera Program
(Brampton) - Peel Regional Council recently received an update on Peel's participation in the Red Light Camera program and newly released provincial guidelines.
In August 2004, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation announced that Red Light Camera programs could operate on a permanent basis in Ontario municipalities. Pilot programs, running in six municipalities since 2000, proved red light cameras were an effective safety tool in reducing intersection collisions and injuries.
"We are proud to have been part of the initial pilot program and now a part of its growth and expansion," says Maja Prentice, Chair of the Public Works Section of General Committee. "Unfortunately, the Region still averages 170 violations per month, which means this is a safety tool that we still need."
The province recently made available the next step in program enhancements, providing a specific advisory sign design to be implemented at all municipal red light camera locations by the end of February 2005. These signs are advisory only and do not form part of the camera system. They inform motorists of red light camera enforcement and are part of the provincial operating conditions.
In the coming months, the province will outline specific requirements for public awareness and how to best monitor the effectiveness of the program. At this time staff will begin steps to enhance Peel's program. Currently the Region operates six red light enforced intersections with the intention of increasing this number in the future.
"We have set aside funding in the 2005 Capital Budget and we are eager to make enhancements to this important program," says Mitch Zamojc, Commissioner of Public Works. "Providing safe, accessible roadways are a key component of our programs and services - and we take it seriously."
Regional staff sits on a joint municipal steering committee for red light cameras and several initiatives are being studied and researched, for example:
- Analysis of new system operational capabilities such as digital film technology
- Expansion and scheduling of the program
- Development of criteria to determine the most effective use of the system
- Recruitment of new joint municipal partners
Regional Roads are arterial routes that connect municipalities to one another and to the 400 series of highways, accommodating high volumes of traffic and commercial trucks.
For more information, please call 905-791-7800, Ext. 4409 or visit our Web site at peelregion.ca.