Red light cameras are now operating at select intersections in Durham Region in an effort to improve traffic safety.
The measure has been instituted as part of Vision Zero, the Region’s campaign to eliminate fatalities on area roadways.
A media release from the Region notes that running a red light has the potential to cause serious injury or death for both the offending driver and innocent victims.
“With the installation of red light cameras at select intersections, it is the goal of Vision Zero to reduce the amount and severity of intersection collisions,” said Ramesh Jagannathan, the Region’s director of transportation and field services.
“Data from other jurisdictions indicate these cameras will play a significant part in the larger Durham Vision Zero goal of eliminating all serious and fatal collisions on our roads, thereby creating a safer community for everyone.”
The Region’s collision records database shows 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 sometimes death.”
The camaras will be used at a dozen locations, including:
– 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; and,
– Westney Road at Delaney Drive/Magill Drive, Ajax.
For more information on red light cameras in Durham Region, click HERE.