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Automated speed enforcement is here to stay in Hamilton

An automated speed device in Toronto. Robbie Ford / Global News

Hamilton’s photo radar program is here to stay.

The public works committee voted Monday to graduate automated speed enforcement (ASE) from a one-year pilot program to a permanent roadway safety program.

Despite occasional vandalism of the city’s two ASE cameras over the past year, a staff report say they were effective at reducing driver speeds, while being rotated throughout 18 locations.

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The ground-mounted cameras will be moved through 24 locations in 2022, one trouble-spot in each ward, as well as nine school zones.

Mike Field, Hamilton’s acting director of transportation operations, says speed limit compliance increased by 29 per cent during ASE enforcement.

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“They are an effective tool in managing speeds in the city”, concludes Field.

The most significant speed reductions, almost 20 km/h on average, were on Mountain Brow Boulevard between Broker Drive and Mohawk Road East.

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Ward 2 Coun. Tom Jackson was among the councillors voting to make the program permanent, calling it “fantastic.”

The staff report also addresses a perception among critics that the cameras are a cash grab.

Overall, with the cost of the cameras and processing of fines factored in, the city lost $600,000 while operating the program over the past year. It is being funded from Hamilton’s red light camera reserve fund.

 

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