Automatic Speed Enforcement cameras coming to Community Safety Zones in Kingston

School Crossing zone signage. Photo by Phillip Stafford/Kingstonist.

This September, those travelling near schools in the city of Kingston will notice enhanced safety measures designed to reduce traffic speed.

According to a release from the City, this “significant step” towards enhancing road safety includes the introduction of the Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) Pilot Project. As previously reported, ASE systems use cameras to automatically enforce speed limits in school and community safety zones (CSZs). In terms of how fines are generated through ASEs, the process is similar to the Red Light Camera (RLC) program already in place in the City.

Cameras will only be used in Community Safety Zones to reduce speed near schools, the City noted. According to the release, the cameras are mobile and will be rotated among Community Safety Zones approximately every three months. Signs at future camera locations will be installed 90 days in advance to let drivers know where they will be before the program starts this fall, and roadside signage will be in place where there are active automated speed enforcement systems. 

“This program is focused on improving safety for vulnerable road users like kids on their way to school, which is why it’s being used in Community Safety Zones,” said Mark Dickson, Manager of Transportation Systems for the City.

“Decreasing speed is critical for improving road safety and automated speed enforcement is one strategy that works with others like education, engineering and police enforcement to change driver behaviour and reduce speeding.” 

According to the release, camera locations were selected through a safety and speed review of all community safety zones in the City. The program will operate at various locations throughout the city for two years, rotating approximately every three months, before undergoing a comprehensive review in 2026.

The City said that Norman Rogers Drive and Lancaster Drive are the first two locations to have automated speed enforcement, beginning this September. The full list of locations and rotation schedule will be shared soon and posted on the City website, according to the release.

Kingstonist shared a detailed look at the recent traffic and road safety items that went before Kingston City Council at its May 21, 2024, meeting. Read it here.

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