Red Light Cameras
The goal of the Red Light Camera Enforcement Program is to improve driver and pedestrian safety by reducing the number of right angle collisions at intersections. The Red Light Program is expected to change driver behaviour and reduce the number and severity of these collisions across York Region.
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Red light cameras - The Region currently operates red light cameras at 40 signalized intersections. Since implementation of the program, a Region-wide reduction of about 50% has occurred in right-angle and turning movement collisions at signalized intersections. Building on the success of the program, staff proposed expanding to 55 intersections by 2026 and include all associated costs, staff resources and potential revenues in the multi-year 2023-2026 budget submission.
York Region has 40 Active Red Light Camera Sites
|Davis Drive and Ashton Road / Carlson Drive
|Highway 27 and Langstaff Road
|Highway 7 and Yonge Street Connecting Road
|Highway 7 and Vaughan Valley Boulevard / Roybridge Gate
|Highway 7 and Bathurst Street Connecting Road
|Bathurst Street and King Road
|Dufferin Street and King Road
|Green Lane East and Leslie Street
|The Queensway South and Metro Road South / Morton Avenue
|Bloomington Road and Woodbine Avenue
|Davis Drive and Woodbine Avenue
|14th Avenue and Birchmount Road
|Bathurst Street and 18th Sideroad/St. John's Sideroad
|Bayview Avenue and Crosby Avenue/Redstone Road
|Bayview Avenue and Mulock Drive
|Bloomington Avenue and Ninth Line
|Bloomington Road and Kennedy Road
|Elgin Mills Road and Enford Road / Yorkland Street
|Green Lane East and Main Street North / 2nd Concession Road
|Highway 7 and Islington Avenue
|Keele Street and Doney Crescent / Jardin Drive
|Keele Street and King Road
|Keele Street and Kirby Road
|Pine Valley Drive and Willis Road / Chancellor Drive
|Ravenshoe Road and Warden Avenue
|Rutherford Road and Sweetriver Boulevard
|Stouffville Road and Bayview Avenue
|Warden Avenue and Carlton Road / Baycliffe Road
|Weston Road and Rowntree Dairy Road / Colossus Drive
|Woodbine Avenue and 16th Avenue
|Woodbine Avenue and Ravenshoe Road
|Woodbine Avenue and Steelcase Road
|Yonge Street and Jefferson Forest Drive / Tower Hill Road
|Highway 7 and Red Maple Road
|Warden Avenue and 14th Avenue
|Weston Road and Rutherford Road
|Highway 7 and Weston Road
|Highway 7 and Jane Street
|Islington Avenue and Rutherford Road
|Rutherford Road and Julliard Drive
Frequently Asked Questions
What is red light running?
It is a violation that occurs when a driver enters an intersection after the signal light has turned red.
What if I am making a left turn and the light turns red when my vehicle is still in the intersection?
Drivers already at an intersection when the signal changes to red (when waiting to turn, for example) are not considered red light runners.
Do red light cameras replace police officers at intersections?
No. Red light cameras do not replace police officers. The red light cameras are being used to help police efforts in discouraging motorists from running red lights. Police enforcement is a substantial component of the program.
Do the cameras photograph every vehicle passing through an intersection?
The cameras are set to photograph vehicles that enter an intersection after the light has turned red. Vehicles that enter yellow and are within the intersection when the light changes to red, are not photographed. The program photographs vehicles that enter an intersection only after the signal has turned red.
Who reviews the photographs before motorists are ticketed?
Trained officers review every picture to verify information and ensure that the vehicle is in violation. Tickets are mailed to vehicle owners only in cases where it is clear that the vehicle ran the red light.
Who receives a ticket for running a red light detected by a camera system?
The registered license plate holder receives the ticket, regardless of who was driving the vehicle.
What is the penalty for running a red light based on evidence obtained by a camera system?
As of January 1, 2010 the set fine for running a red light detected by a camera system was increased to $260 plus a $60 victim surcharge and a $5 court cost. The total payable is now $325. Demerit points are not issued with violations detected by the red light camera system.
How can I pay my fine?
Pay online at paytickets.ca using Visa or MasterCard.
In-person payments can be made by visiting either of York Region's two courthouses or any Ontario Provincial Offences Court.
Payment by mail: Pay by mail can be made using Visa or MasterCard, money order or cheque.
To pay by credit card, please fill out the Pre-Authorized Payment Form and return by mail or fax to the appropriate court location.
If the location code on your ticket is 4960, mail your ticket and payment to the Newmarket court location, If the location code is 4961, mail your ticket and payment to the Richmond Hill court location.
For more information and complete mailing addresses, visit york.ca/courts
What is the penalty for running a red light if caught by a police officer?
The set fine for running a red light when caught by a police officer is $325. Failure to stop for a red light where a police officer issues a ticket results in three demerit points.
Where do the fines go?
$265 goes to York Region and the Province of Ontario collects $60 as a Victim Fine Surcharge.
Do red light cameras violate privacy?
In consultation with the Privacy Commissioner, every attempt has been made to minimize capturing members of the public in the photos. In the event that members of the public are inadvertently captured on film, it will not be possible to identity them from the photos included on the tickets.
What is the cost of a red light camera?
A red light camera system costs approximately $100,000.
Who supplies the cameras? How big are the cameras? What is their location relative to the intersection?
The system supplier is Traffipax. The camera is an industrial digital camera, manufactured for unattended operation in an outdoor environment. The cameras are housed in a one half metre by one half metre by one half metre enclosure. The cameras are mounted on a pole, approximately 20 metres in advance of the intersection and are mounted approximately 3.6 metres above the ground.
What other countries use red light cameras?
Photographic detection devices are used extensively in many other countries including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Israel, the Netherlands, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and the United States. Cameras are also used in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and Quebec.