In Summer 2022, York Region reported to council the preliminary results of its two-year ASE pilot project. The final data was gathered in October. The project rotated a mobile photo radar camera across community safety zones in the region’s nine cities and towns during the pilot.
Because York’s provincial courts were clogged with disputed charges, the pilot was assessing the possible impact of photo radar on escalating the number of additional cases that courts would have to hear in person and the rate of contested cases.
The region is encouraging its municipalities to advocate the transportation ministry to allow ASE to be handled through an administrative penalty system.
A region report says, “Local municipalities will significantly benefit if the legislative changes are made as community safety zones and school zones are predominantly found on local roads. Local municipalities would benefit from the use of ASE by lowering operating speeds and allowing for the collection of revenue to offset operating costs.”
Staff will analyze the pilot project’s data to determine if photo radar changes driver behaviour.