October 18, 2021
Mississauga’s Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) cameras, activated on July 5, 2021, reduced speeds and increased speed limit compliance on neighbourhood streets, improving safety for everyone. Data from the first month of enforcement shows that average speeds decreased by more than 11km/hr on Morning Star Drive and more than 9km/hr on Sawmill Valley Drive.
The data also shows that more drivers are following the speed limit. The speed limit compliance rate increased by 41 per cent on Morning Star Drive and 28 per cent on Sawmill Valley Drive.
Starting this month, 10 additional cameras will be operating in Mississauga neighbourhoods. By December, the program’s full complement of 22 cameras will be active across the City. An interactive map showing all camera locations is available online.
“These early results are an encouraging sign that drivers are slowing down and following the speed limit. Speeding is dangerous, especially in residential neighbourhoods and near schools. We must continue to use every tool we have to make our roads safer for everyone,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “No one likes to get a speeding ticket, but road safety is a priority. So please, slow down and remember, when you follow the speed limit, you won’t get a ticket and you could save a life!”
A total of 495 tickets were issued at the first two ASE camera locations: 298 tickets at Morning Star Drive and 197 at Sawmill Valley Drive. During the month-long enforcement period, 55 repeat offenders received tickets. The highest speed ticketed on Morning Star Drive was 67km/hr and 71km/hr on Sawmill Valley Drive. The speed limit in both locations is 30 km/hr.
When an ASE ticket is issued, it includes a set fine, determined by Schedule D under the Provincial Offences Act. The set fine is based on the vehicle’s rate of speed over the speed limit when the image was taken. The total ticket amount includes the set fine, applicable court costs and a victim fine surcharge, credited to the provincial Victims’ Justice Fund.
“Our ASE cameras are rotating on a regular basis through school area Community Safety Zones where speeding has proven to be a persistent problem,” said Geoff Wright, Commissioner, Transportation and Works. “These cameras are making a difference – they are helping make our roads safer and raising awareness about the need to follow posted speed limits.”
City Transportation staff are monitoring the data from the ASE cameras to improve the long-term effectiveness of the program. The data is also being used to plan for future phases of the program which could include installing additional cameras and putting cameras on different types of roadways.
Residents can learn more about ASE and track camera locations on the City’s dedicated webpage – mississauga.ca/ASE.