To increase road safety, Hamilton has signed on to be one of the participating municipalities to implement Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) technology in designated school and community safety zones. ASE is an automated system that uses a camera and a speed measurement device to enforce speed limits. The ASE tool, when used in collaboration with other methods such as engineering, education and enforcement is used to help improve road user safety by increasing speed compliance, altering driver behaviour and increasing public awareness about the critical need to slow down in designated school zones and community safety zones. Automated Speed Enforcement is proven to effectively enforce speed limits, increase driver awareness and decrease injuries and fatalities as a result of motor vehicle collisions in other Canadian provinces and countries around the world. On January 13, 2020, Council directed staff to initiate a one-year automated speed enforcement pilot program to be used in designated school zones and community safety zones through the City of Hamilton. The program supports the City of Hamilton Vision Zero Action Plan and the principles of Vision Zero to reduce speeds and overall injuries as a result of motor vehicle collisions. As early as September 2020, ASE technology will be deployed in designated school zones and community safety zones across Hamilton. The City of Hamilton will activate its Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) cameras and start issuing tickets to speeding drivers beginning on October 1, 2020. Ward 11 “Glanbrook” will receive 2 of these devices.
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