Automate Speed Enforcement cameras are starting to go live in Durham.
The cameras have been deployed and are in some school zones and designated community safety zones on regional roads, though they’re operating in data collection mode and no fines will be issued.
“ASE is a tool used to help improve road user safety by increasing speed compliance, altering driver behaviour and increasing public awareness about the critical need to slow down in school zones and community safety zones,” reads a notice from the Region.
Potential locations locally include the school zone at Brock High, as well as the community safety zones in the downtown cores of Beaverton, Cannington and Sunderland.
Once fully operational, the ASE cameras will take images of vehicles that are detected going over the speed limit.
These images are then reviewed by a provincial offences officer, and an offence notice will be sent to the registered owner of the vehicle.
“ASE acts as a reminder to drivers that speed limits are not guidelines – they are laws. Speed is a contributing factor in approximately one third of fatal collisions. Reducing speeds is the best way to reduce both the frequency and severity of collisions in our community,” the notice reads.
It is anticipated that the Region will begin issuing fines starting in September 2020.
The initiative was launched 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.
“As part of Durham Vision Zero’s goal to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries on our roadways, we know that reducing speeds is the best way to decrease the frequency and severity of collisions. Automated speed enforcement has proven to be an effective way to get drivers to slow down. While the cameras are only in data collection mode at this time, drivers should always remember the need to follow posted speed limits for the safety of our community,” said Ramesh Jagannathan, the Region’s director of transportation and field services.
The full list of locations where Durham Region plans to use ASE on rotation can be found at durham.ca/ASE.