Ever wonder where red light cameras are in your city? We’ve done some research and made a list of where the red light cameras are in your neck of the woods. We’ve broken down each of the eight municipalities that are currently utilizing red light cameras in Ontario to help reduce the number of accidents and injuries from red light runners. Keep on reading to find out where to find RLCs in your city!
Red light cameras in Ontario
There are currently over 300 red light cameras in use in municipalities across the province of Ontario, with about half of them located in Toronto. The following are cities that currently use red light cameras in Ontario:
- Toronto – 149 cameras
- Ottawa – 75 cameras
- Peel Region (Brampton & Mississauga) – 33 cameras
- Hamilton – 42 cameras
- London – 9 cameras
- Region of Waterloo (Kitchener/Waterloo/Cambridge) – 16 cameras
- Sudbury – 6 cameras
City Council has approved the expansion of the Red Light Camera Program. As it turns out, the city is home to approximately 150 red light cameras to help catch lead-footed drivers. According to the city, red light cameras are effective at reducing serious collisions. Data collected between 2008 and 2014 shows injuries at intersections where the devices were installed decreased by 23 percent, and fatal collisions fell by 40 percent. As a result, more cameras are coming! In July 2019, Council approved a proposal to double the number of devices to 298. This is part of Vision Zero 2.0, the second iteration of its road safety plan aimed at eliminating traffic deaths. Council approved the new five-year, $123-million road safety plan amid the concern that the original version, passed in 2016, wasn’t doing enough to curb fatalities. Mayor John Tory has strongly backed the camera program’s expansion.
In our nation’s capital, you may find yourself navigating through 75 red light camera intersections on your commute home. The program, which began in 2001 with seven red light cameras throughout the city, had expanded to 67 cameras by October 2021. The Red Light Camera Program expansion is on track to install 84 cameras. Knowledge and awareness of red light cameras reduces the risk of aggressive driving, according to the City of Ottawa. “Red light cameras have led to a reduction of more than 50 percent in dangerous right-angle collisions, as well as an overall decrease of 43 percent in injuries,” Ottawa Mayor, Jim Watson, says. The cameras are installed at intersections based on collision data, which is reviewed annually.
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Region of Peel (Mississauga/Brampton)
The region of Peel, consisting of Mississauga and Brampton, is no stranger to traffic woes. Up until recently, Brampton had the highest auto insurance premiums in the province (Vaughan now holds this dubious honour). As of 2019, the region had a total of 33 red light cameras installed. The program was originally implemented in an attempt to reduce accidents. Peel region has since seen a 44.8 per cent reduction for all collision types at those intersections. The intersections currently part of the program were selected based on high incidences of right angle crashes. These types of accidents tend to be the most dangerous, and often result in fatal injuries to both drivers and passengers. Experts maintain that RLCs are effective and help to prevent these crashes. After all, the cameras are there to dissuade drivers from running reds and ultimately causing an accident.
While Hamilton already has 32 red light cameras in operation, the public works committee has recently approved red light cameras at another 10 Hamilton intersections this year. This will bring the regions total to 42 RLCs. The additional cameras will be installed at trouble spots throughout the mountain and suburban communities, pending final approval from City Council. Roads Manager, Mike Field, says they’ve been “very successful” at reducing collisions that result in injury or death by about 65 percent. Field also says the city has added about five locations every year, but this year’s new cameras will be the first since prior to the pandemic.
Red light cameras will be installed in the following Hamilton locations in 2022:
- Paramount Drive and Winterberry Drive
- Highway 8 and Gray Road
- Barton Street and Fruitland Road
- Upper James Street and Airport Road
- Garner Road East and Southcote Road
- Wilson Street and Highway 52/Trinity Road South
- Cootes Drive and Dundas Street/East Street North
- Stone Church Road West and Upper Paradise Road
- Garth Street and Fennell Avenue West/Scenic Drive
- Highway 5 East and Hamilton Street North
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London is utilizing a mixture of different types of safety cameras including speed cameras, red light cameras and average camera systems to decrease accidents. Camera installations hope to target intersections with a higher KSI (killed or seriously injured) history due to drivers going too fast or running red lights. Shane Maguire, who manages the program for the city, believes the cameras are having a positive effect. “From driving around the city, I’ve seen drivers perhaps obeying the signals a bit better than they used to,” he says. “I think the message is getting out there to get people to improve their driving behaviour.” Maguire says his team also made an effort to spread the cameras throughout the city, given that red light cameras can provoke a ‘halo effect.‘ Maguire contends, “Once you introduce the cameras, people’s driving behaviour improves at neighbouring intersections as well,” he said.
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The Region of Waterloo (Cambridge/Kitchener/Waterloo)
The region first installed red light cameras in 2000, saying it would increase safety at problem intersections by dissuading drivers from running red lights. In 2005, the number of cameras was increased to 16. The program is not without its challenges. The region reported back in 2016 that 10,017 photos were taken at red light camera intersections. Of those, only two thirds resulted in tickets. According to Bob Henderson, Manager of Transportation Engineering, tickets weren’t issued because licence plates were obstructed, the paint was worn on the stop bar on the pavement, or the stop bar was not visible. “The car has to be visibly intruding upon the intersection,” Henderson said.
Another issue that may cause difficulties are the licence plates themselves. Many have old, faded paint that’s difficult to see. Still, others have plate covers and other devices that can block red light and toll cameras. “If whoever’s assessing tickets can’t clearly see where the lines are [or] can’t see the information they need, then that ticket is never processed,” said Thomas Schmidt, Commissioner of Transportation and Environmental Services for the region.
The Region’s RLC program has resulted in the following outcomes:
- Reduced angle collisions caused by disobeying traffic control by 27 percent
- Reduced turning collisions caused by disobeying traffic control by 60 percent
- Increased rear-end collisions by 23 percent
Red light cameras have been a topic of discussion in Sudbury Council chambers since at least 2018, when a city-wide Road Safety Assessment determined red-light running was a contributor toward serious collisions in the city. “We have an epidemic of people running red lights in Sudbury,” Ward 5 Coun. Robert Kirwan said during several council meetings. “These (cameras) are going to be very beneficial in making our intersections safe.” The cameras will only issue tickets for running red lights and will not target speeders.
Although City Council appeared united in favour of having red light cameras installed, there was some concern expressed regarding the potential penalization of emergency personnel. City traffic and Asset Manager, Joe Rocca, clarified that the Highway Traffic Act requires emergency vehicles to come to a complete stop at red lights before proceeding, which the cameras will enforce. Mayor Brian Bigger says that he’s confident common sense can be applied and that Council’s concerns regarding emergency personnel will be taken seriously.
Six red light cameras as set to be installed in Greater Sudbury and operational as of this summer, which includes:
- Paris Street at Cedar Street
- Regent Street at Loach’s Road/Algonquin Road
- Municipal Road 80 at Dominion Drive
- Lasalle Boulevard at Montrose Avenue
- Paris Street at Centennial Drive
- Lasalle Boulevard at Roy Avenue
Going global (photoenforced.com) – Worldwide RLC locator
If you find yourself driving in a new city or country, photoenforced.com may be your new favourite navigation site. It is a user-generated or crowd sourced database of photo enforced and traffic camera locations, which started out in 2001. The open database of locations and fines is continually updated by anonymous users from around the world. The majority of the database currently contains data on where to find RLCs and speed cameras. The database consists of more than 26,000+ locations, and is changing and growing every day. The site currently tracks red light cameras, speed cameras, toll road cameras, traffic cameras and automatic licence plate reader cameras. To learn more about the site, click here.
Running a red light is never advised, however, knowing where to find the RLCs may help you rethink your driving approach. Knowing where the cameras are helps you plan ahead to slow down before reaching the intersections in order to avoid your photo being taken and later finding a ticket in your mailbox. But more importantly, by not running red lights, you are helping to curb the number of traffic accidents, injuries and fatalities in Ontario. Keeping our streets a safe place for all to use is priceless!