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Toronto Ready to Implement as Ontario Legalizes Photo Speed Enforcement

The city of Toronto needed regulatory permission from the province of Ontario to begin enforcing speed limits with the use of automated camera technology. Photo radar in Ontario is legal as of today.
December 1, 2019, 11am PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"Photo radar should soon be catching speeding drivers across Toronto — a notable and long-awaited development in the fight against traffic carnage that has claimed the lives of 37 pedestrians so far this year," reports David Rider.

The Ontario Transportation Ministry enabled the use of photo technology for speed enforcement under regulations approved under Safer School Zones Act, which take effect on Sunday, December 1.

"Detailed regulations with rules for use of the “enhanced tools” had not yet been released by late Friday afternoon but the ministry made it clear the decision on whether to employ photo radar will be up to each municipality," according to Rider. "It’s unclear if there are any restrictions about how cities can use the technology."

According to Rider, the news about the new local powers is welcome in Toronto, which has been waiting for the province to clear the way for years. The city already has a plan to operate 50 enforcement cameras.

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Published on Friday, November 29, 2019 in The Star
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