Today I joined Mayor Jim Watson, Transportation Committee Chair Keith Egli and co-chair Catherine McKenney where they unveiled the latest addition to the City’s inventory of red light cameras, located at the intersection of Lyon and Slater streets. It is the final camera that City Council committed to installing during the 2014-2018 Term of Council. It brings the total number of red light cameras in the city to 54.
Intersections are chosen for red light cameras based on collision patterns. The cameras improve intersection safety by decreasing the running of red lights. Running a red light is considered an aggressive driving behaviour that contributes to collisions that may result in serious injuries or fatalities. The City’s interactive traffic map lists all intersections equipped with red light cameras.
All intersections with red light cameras are equipped with signs to increase drivers’ awareness of their installation. The red light camera takes two photographs: one when a vehicle is about to enter an intersection where the light is red, and one showing the vehicle in the intersection. Both photos only captures a vehicle’s rear license plates – not its driver or occupants. The City consulted the Province’s Information and Privacy Commissioner to ensure the cameras do not violate driver or occupant privacy.
The fine for running a red light is $260 plus a $5 service fee and $60 victim surcharge. The City of Ottawa has reached an agreement with the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators to have access to vehicle licensing data from those provinces and territorial ministries of transportation who have agreed to share their data on the Interprovincial Record Exchange. As of April 25, 2018, the provinces of Quebec, Saskatchewan, and the Yukon Territory have agreed to share their data. It is expected that the issuance of red light camera violations to out-of-province offenders from Quebec would begin by the end of June.