Over the past several months, John and his staff have had conversations with local community groups and senior officers at TPS 32 Division discussing enforcement strategies in an overly congested traffic environment. Too often, even when a uniformed officer is available to observe a traffic infraction on a busy road like Yonge Street, they will avoid issuing a ticket as this process would take out a lane of traffic for 10-15 minutes. The recommendation from local Superintendent Sam Fernandes has been to work towards camera enforcement at critical locations.
The City does currently have an active red-light camera enforcement program that has been effective at reducing collisions. New cameras will be installed in Ward 23 at Bayview/Sheppard and Yonge/Steeles before the end of 2016 as part of a new expansion.
In March of this year, Mayor Tory wrote the Premier asking for amendments to provincial legislation allowing additional use of automated technology to enforce our traffic laws. This month the Provincial government announced that legislation will be tabled to allow automated speed enforcement technology in school zones (speed cameras). This would help protect vulnerable pedestrians on quiet residential streets where car volumes continue to increase as drivers try to bypass congested arterial roads.
John is calling on the Province to consider expanding its legislation to allow more automated enforcement technology, particularly in its identified Urban Growth Centres (such as the North York Centre) where traditional methods of enforcement are problematic. Examples may include enforcing “no turn” locations to reduce traffic in our neighbourhoods or to enforce intersection blockages preventing cross traffic from moving efficiently.
You can read John’s full letter to Willowdale MPP David Zimmer here (page 1 & page 2). If you share a similar view, you can reach Willowdale MPP David Zimmer by e-mail or York Centre MPP Monte Kwinter by e-mail.