Speed enforcement cameras become operational across Durham next week

Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) cameras will be going live in Durham on Tuesday (Sept. 8).

The units will be dispatched in some school zones and designated Community Safety Zones across the region including four locations in Brock Township – the downtown cores of Beaverton, Cannington and Sunderland, as well as the area surrounding the high school.

“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. No demerit points are issued,” reads a notice from the Region.

The units were deployed in data collection mode at some school zones and designated Community Safety Zones in June.

At two ASE sites, near Ontario Tech University and Anderson Collegiate Vocational Institute, one in four motorists reportedly were in violation of the speed limit and would be charged if current speeding patterns continue.

“This modern tool is used to help enforce speed limits in school zones and community safety zones – places where people walk, bike, run and play – and to help improve road user safety by increasing speed compliance, altering driver behaviour and increasing public awareness about the critical need to slow down on our roadways,” the notice reads.

“Speed is a contributing factor in approximately one third of fatal collisions on Durham roads. ASE acts as a reminder to drivers that speed limits are not guidelines, they are laws. The goal of this technology is to have drivers reduce speeds on our roadways, which will reduce the frequency and severity of collisions in our community,” added Ramesh Jagannathan, the Region’s director of transportation and field services.

For a list of locations in Durham Region, and to learn more about ASE, visit durham.ca/ASE.

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