Letter to Minister of Transportation - Allow Cities to Use Automated Speed Enforcement to Improve Road Safety
Hon. Caroline Mulroney
Minister of Transportation
Hon. Kinga Surma
Associate Minister of Transportation
Ministry of Transportation
777 Bay Street
Toronto, ON M7A 1Z8
Dear Minister Mulroney and Associate Minister Surma:
Road safety is a pressing issue across our province, but particularly in Toronto, where six people are hit by a vehicle every day. This frequency has dire consequences: last year, 41 pedestrians were killed by vehicles in Toronto.
To address this crisis, Toronto City Council and Mayor Tory are moving forward on a Vision Zero 2.0 approach, which would include the use of Automated Speed Enforcement cameras (often called “photo radar” cameras) in school safety zones to monitor speeding and issue tickets and fines. The use of these cameras, however, still requires provincial approval.
Ontario needs safe streets so people can get where they need to go without fear of injury or death. A previous pilot by the City of Toronto that monitored speeds in school zones (without issuing tickets) found some drivers going as fast as 200 kilometres an hour.
For several years now, the City of Toronto has requested that the province move forward on this item. While the Safer School Zones Act was passed in 2017 in order to facilitate the municipal adoption of automated speed enforcement cameras, the legislation was never proclaimed and the necessary regulations were never drafted.
Now, the City of Toronto has set a deadline on when it expects to receive provincial approval in order to operationalize 50 Automated Speed Enforcement cameras in school safety zones across the city: December 1, 2019. We are writing to urge you both to ensure that the requisite regulations are drafted by this date, so that Toronto may proceed without additional delays.
We look forward to your response.
Opposition Critic, Transit