Durham is going to have a dozen new red-light cameras aimed at improving intersection safety.
This follows the recent installation of speed cameras on several Durham roads.
“Red-light cameras are identified as a priority safety countermeasure to reduce T-bone collisions at intersections in Durham’s Strategic Road Safety Action Plan, said a region statement.
It said red-light running has the potential to cause serious injury or death for both the offending driver and innocent victims.
The region’s collision records database contains 534 collisions over a three-and-a-half-year period at signalized intersections where the cause was specifically attributed to a driver disobeying traffic control indications. Many of these collisions resulted in significant injuries and occasionally death.
This initiative is in support of Durham Vision Zero, a long-term plan to ensure a safe transportation system that sees no lives lost or serious injuries on Durham’s roadways.
Red-light cameras are mounted on poles at an intersection near the traffic lights with signs preceding the equipment.
The red-light camera takes two photographs. The first photo is taken when a vehicle is behind the stop bar and about to enter the intersection when the traffic signal is red. The second photo is taken when the vehicle is within the intersection. To capture the license plate, both photos show the rear of the vehicle only. The violation notice sent to the registered owner includes both photos in addition to an enlarged photograph of the rear license plate of the vehicle.
Vehicles that progress through the intersection on a green or amber light will not be ticketed.
The fine for running a red light in Ontario (issued by a red-light camera or otherwise) is $325. Offence notices are generated and distributed to the registered owner of the vehicle. As a vehicle-based offence, no demerit points are issued as the driver of the vehicle is not known.
Durham Region said it worked with a consultant to review data from all 623 signalized intersections across the region concentrating on intersections with a high volume of right-angle (T-bone) collisions.
Based on that review, the following 12 locations were selected for the installation of red-light cameras:
- Ritson Road at Bond Street – Oshawa
- Lake Ridge Road at Goodwood Road – Scugog/Uxbridge
- Taunton Road at Lake Ridge Road – Whitby/Ajax
- Stevenson Road at King Street – Oshawa
- Simcoe Street at Conlin Road – Oshawa
- Simcoe Street at Rossland Road – Oshawa
- Taunton Road at Altona Road – Pickering
- Liverpool Road at Bayly Street – Pickering
- Salem Road at Bayly Street – Ajax
- Thickson Road at Dundas Street – Whitby
- Regional Highway 2 at Courtice Road – Clarington
- Westney Road at Delaney Drive/Magill Drive– Ajax
Red-light cameras have been operational in Ontario since 1999. Durham Region is one of many municipalities across Ontario using red light cameras to create safer roads. However,the region said as it gains more experience operating red-light cameras, additional sites may be added in the future”.