Automated Speed Enforcement to continue throughout Hamilton

This article, from September 21, has details on the graduation of the Automated Speed Enforcement system from pilot program to a fully operational one.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

The City of Hamilton’s public works committee voted Monday to continue automated speed enforcement from a one-year pilot program to a permanent roadway safety program.

For more details, please continue reading below…

The two cameras will be moved through 24 locations in 2022, one trouble-spot in each ward, as well as nine school zones. The cost of transitioning from the pilot program to a fully operational one will be funded from the Red Light Camera Reserve.

Automated speed enforcement (ASE) was first piloted by the city between October 2020 and September 2021 operating at 18 different locations as approved by Council.

According to the staff report presented at the most recent planning committee, data collected during the pilot demonstrates that ASE technology is effective at reducing motor vehicle speeds and increasing driver compliance with posted speed limits. Average speeds have been reduced anywhere between 2 and 11 km/h, according to the report.

While helping to reduce speeds with the threat of a fine, the system has also helped to penalize vehicles driving at dangerous speeds – with one vehicle clocked at 80km/h.

The report goes on to state that evidence suggests that the presence of ASE on a roadway changes driver behaviour because when the units were removed from operating locations there was a measurable residual benefit in vehicle speeds.

Mike Field, Hamilton’s acting director of transportation operations, says speed limit compliance increased by 29 per cent during ASE enforcement reported 900 CHML.

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

According to 900 CHML, the most significant speed reductions, almost 20 km/h on average, were on Mountain Brow Boulevard between Broker Drive and Mohawk Road East.

Not a money grab

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

“We did not make money on this program,” said Ward 8 Councillor John-Paul Danko during the committee meeting. “It’s not revenue-positive for the City. It’s costing us money to run this program.”

The report goes on to suggest that more speeding infractions equate to even greater costs for the City due to the price of processing the tickets. The infractions caught on ASE systems have cost a total of around $1.7 million.

There is, however, a long-term plan that could at least make the program revenue-neutral by 2023.

As of now, infractions go through the court system. If the City makes ASE a permanent fixture, the goal will be to receive provincial approval to allow a monetary penalty system that would be handled by the City according to Raise the Hammer. The program would then essentially pay for itself.

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.

Ward 8 locations

According to recommendations from staff, three locations in Ward 8 will host, at one time or another, an automated speed enforcement camera.

Ward 8 residents should expect to see them along West 5th Street between Limeridge Rd. W. and Mohawk Road; Upper James St. between the LINC and and Stone Church Rd., and finally on Upper Wellington between Limeridge Rd. and Mohawk Road. “Coming soon” signs will be posted in those areas a few months prior to the ASE’s arrival.

Questions or concerns?

If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact our office here.