Cameras to be installed to catch red light and stop sign runners.

News 100 redBy Staff

March 15th, 2019

BURLINGTON, ON

 

More on that budget that city council will put their official stamp on Monday night.

Are you ready for photo radar?

It is coming to Burlington, “one of Canada’s best and most livable cities, a place where people, nature and business thrive.”

From left to right: Halton Chief of Police, Gary Crowell; Oakville Councillor Marc Grant; Oakville Mayor Rob Burton; Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr; and Oakville Councillors Tom Adams and Max Khan. Note that the only people smiling are the politicions. The police chief is going to have to enforce this law.

Regional police announcing the cameras that will catch stop sign runners. A similar program is coming to the city.

The province changed the rules so that municipalities could install photo radar – they are after the red light runners and have identified about 40 + locations where the equipment can be installed.

The plan is to have equipment that can be moved from location to location over a period of time.

The Regional Police have been doing this for some time; one of their jobs is to enforce the Highway Traffic Act.

The good people of Burlington won’t see this during 2019 – it is a pilot program that will first get tested in Toronto where they expect to roll it out in 2020.

Then the rest of the municipal world can jump on that bandwagon.

Burlington tucked away a little over $50,000 to prepare for the service.

They are calling it the Automated Speed Enforcement program.

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4 comments to Cameras to be installed to catch red light and stop sign runners.

  • Robert Allan

    Sounds like a a good idea but it’s just another money grab to offset the cost of two new city traffic wardens or whatever they are called today!

  • Penny Hersh

    “Automated Speed Enforcement Program” really. I am in favour of having this program but why can’t it simply be called what it is “Photo Radar”. We seem to live in a time when nothing can be seen as a negative- a snow storm is now called a ” Snow Event”.

    “It is coming to Burlington, “one of Canada’s best and most livable cities, a place where people, nature and business thrive.” – I think that it is time that the City stopped using this line on every piece of information that is sent out to residents.

    Does the City feel that if they say this often enough people will believe it? Don’t get me wrong Burlington is a great place to live.

    Perhaps we should be saying “working towards making Burlington a place where people, nature and business thrive”?

  • Jim Ridley

    I think it’s a great idea to enforce stop lights, it seems to be a growing trend to “squeeze” through a turn on red before the oncoming traffic starts to move, even if those cars (and often pedestrians) have to slow down to avoid the offender.

    My second thought is “why do we have so many stop signs on minor city roads, they seem to be popping up everywhere, and that can make driving through town very frustrating, slowing traffic and increasing pollution, and I suppose the tendency to do a rolling stop. A friend visiting from the UK asked me “why is there so many stop signs in Burlington”. I didn’t have an answer. They certainly have higher density cities in the UK and car ownership levels per household are about the same as here.

    • Ben Tuinman

      Agree, Jim…. too many stop signs… too many speed bumps….and no traffic circles to speed up traffic…and a shortage of City bus bays, so traffic will flow more efficient. We need better traffic planners/designers.

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