For the past few years, Toronto has been slowly installing cameras throughout the city streets to ticket those who run through red-lights. Since January of 2017, the city announced that over 70 new cameras would be installed to penalize those who don't follow the rules of the road. Last year, it was reported that nearly 90,000 tickets were handed out to drivers throughout the city due to Toronto's red-light cameras, and some intersections were ticketed way more than others.
According to the City of Toronto, the city gave out 89,079 red-light tickets throughout the year of 2018, a record-breaking number compared to the 60,484 tickets that were given out the year before in 2017.
However, bad drivers aren't the only reason for the spike in tickets. In fact, this spike is due to the fact that the cameras are getting better at detecting those who are running lights, and more of them are being installed.
According to the Toronto Star, the city installed over 70 new devices throughout 2018, making the total number of red-light cameras throughout the city at a whopping 149. On top of this, these newer cameras are "much better at gathering evidence under inclement weather conditions", meaning that you no longer get off the hook for running a red light because it was snowing.
While tickets are being handed out all over the city, there are some intersections that are getting ticketed a lot more than others.
For the second year in a row, the Richmond-Parliament intersection was the most ticketed intersection throughout the city. 6,615 charges were given throughout the year, meaning that over 6,000 red-lights were run in just the span of 365 days, that's over 18 red-light run per day.
The second most ticketed intersection in the city was the Kennedy Road and Highway 401 off-ramp at William Kitchen Road.
According to the City of Toronto, only 104 tickets were given at this intersection in 2017, but 5,641 tickets were given out throughout the year of 2018.
The third most ticketed intersection in Toronto was Danforth Avenue and Greenwood Avenue, totaling up to 3,551 tickets through 2018.
However, the numbers are only expected to get worse. According to the Toronto Star, the city approved even more red-light cameras in July.
As part of Vision Zero 2.0, the city hopes to have 298 cameras across the city in the next five years.
The city is hoping that increasing the number of red-light cameras throughout the city will help keep the pedestrians of the city safe. Last year, 42 pedestrians were killed in Toronto and at least 20 have been killed this year.