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Automated speed cameras help keep roads safe

The region is looking to slow drivers down on major routes with Automated Speed Enforcement cameras. The above camera is located on Simcoe Street North, just outside Camp Samac.

Oshawa drivers can now be clocked for speeding by Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) cameras.

The Region of Durham has deployed ASE cameras in some school zones and designated community safety zones across the region, including eight cameras in Oshawa.

ASE is used to help improve road user safety by increasing speed compliance, altering driver behaviour and increase public awareness about the critical need to slow down in school zones and community safety zones, according to the region.

At this time, the ASE cameras will be operating in data collection mode only – no fines will be issued.

In Oshawa, ASE cameras will be located near Paul Dwyer High School on Rossland Road, Adelaide McLaughlin Public School on Stevenson Road North, St. Stephen’s United Church on Simcoe Street North, Ontario Tech University and Durham College on Simcoe Street North, SJ Phillips Public School on Simcoe Street North, Beau Valley Public School on Ritson Road North, Vincent Massey Public School in Adelaide Avenue East, and Eastdale Collegiate and Vocational Institute on Harmony Road. The ASE cameras throughout the region will be used on rotation.

Once fully operational, the 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, if warranted, an offence notice will be sent to the registered owner of the vehicle within 30 days, according to the region.

The region anticipates being able to begin issuing fines at the initial ASE sites starting in September 2020, and is in support of Durham Vision Zero, a long-term plan to ensure a safe transportation system that sees no lives lost or serious injuries on Durham’s roadways.

“As part of Durham Vision Zero’s goal to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries on our roadways, we know that reducing speeds is the best way to decrease the frequency and severity of collisions,” says Director of Transportation and Field Services Ramesh Jagannathan. “Automated speed enforcement has proven to be an effective way to get drivers to slow down. While the cameras are only in data collection mode at this time, drivers should always remember the need to follow posted speed limits for the safety of our community.”

 

 

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