Preventing traffic fatalities has definitely become a hot button issue in Toronto. Higher penalties for distracted driving, overhauls to police authority regarding breathalyzer tests and the installation of photo radar speed cameras in Toronto have all come into play during Ontario's latest crackdown on dangerous driving. Toronto's Mayor John Tory has revealed plans about when and where city drivers can expect photo radar cameras to monitor their speed.
The city announced earlier this year that it planned to install photo radar cameras at over 700 locations as part of the Automated Speed Enforcement Initiative. The expansive project was initially announced to be in direct correlation with last year's installation of 754 Community Safety Zones in the hopes of improving pedestrian safety.
So when are these cameras scheduled to be installed? Back in March, Tory offered a comment on his continuing fight for automated speed enforcement. According to CBC, Tory will require provincial approval before any of his plans can be set in motion.
Toronto's Mayor has stated that he would be pushing the province to ensure that the cameras would be installed around schools and safety zones by the start of next school year. So, if all goes according to plan, hundreds of them could be installed as early as September 2019.
Tory's passion for the project seemed to intensify after the city's initial test of the photo radar system revealed some very concerning issues. According to CBC, the Mayor explained how a driver had been caught going 127 kilometres an hour on Queen Street, which anyone who has driven in the city before, especially on Queen, knows is unbelievably fast and dangerous.
"Clearly our experience in Scarborough and across the city has indicated we have to do more," said Tory at the time according to CBC.
Although things remain somewhat in the air, Tory is clearly on a mission to curb speeding in Toronto. He seems to be doing everything in his power to secure provincial approval and install the cameras.