The Ontario government will allow municipalities to enforce speed limits in school and community safety zones through the use of photo radar starting on Sunday.
New regulations, which govern automated speed enforcement (ASEs), will “provide the framework to support municipalities in developing responsible, transparent and effective programs to promote road safety in their communities,” according to a statement sent to CBC Toronto by Premier Doug Ford’s press secretary Ivana Yelich.
Last year, the city put photo radar in dozens of school zones, but the devices could only gather data. Regulatory changes by the provincial government will give the city the ability to ticket or charge drivers.
But the choice to enforce speed limits through photo radar will remain optional for municipalities.
“The province has filed enabling regulations under the Safer School Zones Act that will give municipalities the ability to adopt new and enhanced tools to promote safety,” the statement reads.
“Automated speed enforcement is a municipally driven initiative as municipal governments are in the best position to determine what needs to be done in order to improve road safety on municipal roads.”
Although full details of the “enhanced tools” weren’t immediately given, Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation proposed amendments to the Highway Traffic Act in September, as well as other regulatory changes, that would allow municipalities to adopt photo radar in these school and safety zones on roads with a speed limit of less than 80 km/h.