The wheels are in motion for Toronto's newest plan to upgrade road safety. The city is installing the first of its 50 speed enforcement cameras and signs this Monday in another step to slow drivers down on the roads. Toronto's speed cameras will be installed in community safety zones across the city where some of the highest number of accidents have been recorded.  

This is part of the Vision Zero Road Safety initiative the city has been focusing on. This was announced earlier this month, and we will start seeing the cameras and signs popping up as of December 16. 

You won't be ticketed just yet, though. There will be a 90-day grace period to get drivers accustomed to the new regulations. 

Anyone caught speeding during this time will be let off with a warning, according to the news release

Mid-march, just as spring arrives, is when people can expect to start paying the price for speeding in community safety zones. 

There will be no demerit points issued for speeders; however, offenders will walk away with a fine. 

Each of the 25 wards that have been selected for this new project will have two cameras that will always be identifiable by a sign.  

Mayor Tory was on-site in Etobicoke this morning for one of the locations. 

According to Toronto's website, speed accounts for a third of instances of road fatalities in Canada. 

In Ontario, more than half of convictions that were issued relating to the Highway Traffic Act were for driving over the limit. 

The city is aiming to change that as of the upcoming year. They are cracking down on unsafe driving practices using a number of different methods, speed cameras being one of them. 

"Speed limits are not suggestions – they are the law," said Mayor John Tory in the news release. 


"Automated Speed Enforcement is a reminder for drivers in Toronto to slow down and obey the posted speed limit."

"We have fought for years for the provincial regulations to allow Automated Speed Enforcement on our streets because we know it will save lives."

You can find all of the areas where new cameras will be installed here.


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