City of Kingston’s red light camera program begins next month

Red light camera. Kingstonist file image.

Starting on Tuesday, Mar. 1, 2022, the City of Kingston will begin operating red light cameras to enhance public safety at intersections and reduce red light running.

According to a release from the city, red light cameras are part of an automated traffic enforcement system. Cameras installed along the roadway will ticket vehicles that enter an intersection when the traffic signal is red, the city said.

Red light running is one of the causes of angled collisions at intersections – one of the most severe types of vehicle collisions – which can result in serious injury, according to the release. The City said that this program is one of several tools used in conjunction with other road safety strategies, such as police enforcement, to improve driver behaviour and make our streets safer for all road users.

“Enhancing public safety with a focus on pedestrian access and enforcement is a Council priority and reducing red light running is a part of that goal,” said Mayor Bryan Paterson. “Red light cameras are a tool to help reduce risk and improve safety on our streets and intersections.”

According to the city, red light cameras will be located at the following intersections:

  • County Road 2 and Princess Mary/Craftsman 
  • Division and Concession 
  • John Counter and Sir John A. Macdonald 
  • Johnson and Barrie 
  • Perth and Unity 
  • Princess and Bayridge 
  • Princess and Centennial 

Red light cameras have been used throughout Ontario since 2000 to help reduce serious collisions at intersections, and Kingston joins other communities across the province in operating this program, according to the city.

Complete details on Kingston’s red light camera program, including answers to frequently asked questions, are available on the City’s website.

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