Since the enactment of the Safer School Zones Act, 2017, the Ontario Traffic Council has been working with interested municipalities alongside the Ministry of Transportation Ontario through an Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) Working Group to implement ASE in Ontario. Bill 65 permits the use of ASE in community safety zones where the speed limit is less than 80 km/hour.
In June 2023, Newmarket Council approved an ASE Program that would introduce speed cameras in Community Safety Zones across Town to help reduce speeds, collisions, injuries, and fatalities.
ASE is a tool for municipalities to use to improve road safety. This system is proven to reduce speeds in Community Safety Zones, which include schools, where there are persistent complaints about unsafe driver behaviour.
Tickets and fines will be processed in-house through Town's Administrative Monetary Penalty System which is more efficient for the Town and drivers than doing so through the Provincial Court System.
The funds collected from the ASE program will be used to offset the cost to run the program to keep the community even safer. This can include but is not limited to camera costs and lease, signage, public education and more. Additional funds collected may be used to implement even more traffic safety and calming initiatives.
Learn more by viewing the ASE Report to Council.