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Sudbury speed cameras had issued more than 1K in tickets by April 30

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City officials in Greater Sudbury say speed cameras are working and drivers are slowing down.

An undated file photo of one of Greater Sudbury's six six automated speed-enforcement cameras. (File photo/Supplied/City of Greater Sudbury)

Recently released numbers show that from March 22 to April 30 the six automated speed-enforcement (ASE) cameras in the city issued more than a thousand tickets.

City officials say according to their vendor, Redflex, the cameras that are issued the most tickets in the first few weeks of operation were the units on Algonquin Road in the south end, Falconbridge Road in Garson and Main Street in Val Caron.

One driver travelling on MR 15 also referred to as Main Street in the community of Val Caron was ticketed $658 for travelling 104km/h in the 60km/h zone.

 

The numbers

A total of 1,029 speeding tickets were issued by the six-speed cameras during the period reported.

  • The camera on 30km/h zone on Algonquin Road had an average ticketed speed of 48 km/h with an average fine of $140.42.
  • The camera on 60km/h zone on Falconbridge Road had an average ticketed speed of 80 km/h with an average fine of $164.16.
  • The camera on 60km/h zone on MR 15 had an average ticketed speed of 80 km/h with an average fine of $158.75.
  • The camera on 40km/h zone on Gary Street had an average ticketed speed of 55 km/h with an average fine of $122.47.
  • The camera on 40km/h zone on Hillcrest Drive had an average ticketed speed of 54 km/h with an average fine of $98.16.
  • The camera on 50km/h zone on Bellevue Avenue had an average ticketed speed of 64 km/h with an average fine of $95.70.

“The first month is operating the way we were expecting,” said aid Joe Rocca, director of linear infrastructure services for the City of Greater Sudbury.

“What we are seeing is that drivers are starting to slow down in these areas. At the cameras are seeing 85th percentile speeds in line with the posted speed limit and down the street from where these cameras are installed we are seeing people slow down too.”

Officials have not released the ticket threshold at which the cameras will issue a ticket however the lowest fine example listed on the website is $40 for travelling 5km/h over the posted limit.

“If a vehicle is detected by the ASE system travelling in excess of the posted speed limit, the registered owner of the vehicle will receive a ticket regardless of who was driving,” reads the city’s website.

“The total payable amount includes a Set Fine under Schedule D of the Provincial Offences Act, a victim fine surcharge, and applicable court costs. No demerit points will be issued by the Ministry of Transportation and no one’s driving record will be impacted.”

The city said ASE system is on pace with the revenue staff put in the annual operating budget with the city’s portion of the fines not only covering the annual cost of the cameras but also generating revenue. Though city officials have repeatedly said they are more concerned with driver safety and less concerned about revenue.

The six cameras will be moved to different locations throughout the city in mid-July. The new locations are available on the city’s website.

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