Automated Speed Enforcement

Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) in Waterloo Region

Automated Speed Enforcement is set to go live September 23, 2021.

The Region and area municipalities worked together over the last two years to find a solution to reduce traffic speeds and increase safety in eight selected school zones within the Region of Waterloo.

The installation of Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) started early in 2021 and after rigorous testing is now set to activate. The program will be phased-in and ASE units will be installed in eight school zones (one school zone per municipality both Regional and area municipality roadways). 

Using ASE in Waterloo Region supports the Region’s comprehensive Road Safety Program goal to eliminate road-related injuries and deaths that occur because of excessive speeding.

Similar to Red Light Cameras in Waterloo Region, the Region of Waterloo will be responsible for the administration of ASE on Regional and area municipal roadways.

All ASE tickets can be paid through the Region’s Provincial Offence Administrative (POA) court system. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

 What is Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE)?

ASE, uses cameras triggered by speed sensors that take photographs of the license plates of vehicles that are travelling in excess of the posted speed limit.

 

 What are the benefits of ASE units installed on our roadways?
  • With speed a factor in approximately one third of fatal collisions in Canada, ASE helps to enforce speed limits.
  • ASE units are an important reminder to drivers to slow down in areas where children and other vulnerable road users are.
  • Drivers travelling at the posted limit are more likely able to stop in the case of a spontaneous event and a lower speed can also mean a less severe outcome.
  • If you drive the speed limit through school zones, ASE will not affect you at all.
  • Evidence shows that driver behaviour begins to change over time with a “halo” effect created. This means that drivers may begin to adhere to the speed limit in areas even where ASE is not present, resulting in safer and more peaceful communities for everyone. 
 Where are the ASE units being installed? 

The main objective of the ASE program is to lower speeds in school zones to be more in line with the posted speed limits.  Lower operating speeds reduces the likelihood and severity of collisions in those areas. 

Provincial legislation allows municipalities to create by-laws that permit the use of ASE units exclusively in school zones and community safety zones.

The following school zones will have ASE units installed and activated in September 2021:

  • Cedar Creek Public School, Hilltop Drive, Township of North Dumfries
  • Foundation Christian School, Katherine Street, Township of Woolwich
  • Franklin Public School, Franklin Street, City of Kitchener
  • Keatsway Public School, Keats Way, City of Waterloo
  • Laurentian Public School, Westmount Road, City of Kitchener (Regional Road)
  • New Dundee Public School, Bridge Street, Township of Wilmot (Regional Road)
  • St. Clement Catholic Elementary School, Lobsinger Line, Township of Wellesley
  • St. Gabriel Catholic Elementary, Guelph Avenue, City of Cambridge

 What times of the day are the cameras active?

There will be no disclosure with respect to camera active times under the program.  Observing the posted speed limits 24hrs per day and 7 days per week in school safety zones, will ensure that drivers are not issued a ticket under the Automated Speed Enforcement program.

 

 What do I do if I get a ticket? 
The owners of the motor vehicle are liable for the speeding ticket. 

Owners disputing the alleged infraction have the following options:

  • Paying the provincial offence notice (the ticket), 
  • Asking for a resolution (settlement) meeting with a prosecutor
  • Having a trial before a Justice of the Peace. 

Convicted owners will not be subject to demerit points. 

 How will I receive this kind of speeding ticket? 
If you are the owner of a motor vehicle that travels in excess of the speed limit in a school zone where Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) is in use, you will receive an offence notice in the mail.

Similar to red-light camera tickets, a photograph of the vehicle that was speeding will be on the offence notice along with and enlargement of the vehicle’s license plate.

The location of where and when the speeding offence occurred, as well as the speed of the vehicle and the posted speed limit will also be on the ticket.

 Why is the vehicle owner and not the driver responsible for the ticket? 
The driver of the motor vehicle is not liable for the infraction because of the limitations of the camera technology to establish identity of the driver.
 How do I pay the ticket? 
There are several options available to pay tickets including: online payment, In-person payment, payment by mail. Please see the Region’s Provincial Offences Court and Traffic Tickets web page for more information. 

Important links for more information:

Automated Speed Enforcement  (aseontario.com)

 

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