September 18, 2003
“The issue is one of safety on our roads,” said Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch. “Incidents of red light running and speeding have been a growing concern, and traditional mitigation measures just are not solving the problem.”
The Province recently extended a two-year pilot project in six
Despite the Province’s repealing of photo radar in 1995, the use of photo technology is viewed as a cost-effective way to prevent speeding.
Should the Province allow the permanent use of photo radar and red light cameras, York Region will develop a program to initiate, operate and maintain a program, based on successes in other jurisdictions, collision analyses and cost-benefit studies.
“As a preventative measure, the success rate of the red light camera technology is very encouraging,” said Richmond Hill Mayor Bill Bell, Chair of the Region’s Transportation and Works Committee. “Hopefully, this will be an economically-sound solution to a growing problem in our communities.”
The Province is expected to make a ruling on the future status of the red light camera project in December 2003.
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