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Brampton City Council Plans to Triple Automated Speed Cameras, Enhance Road Safety

In a concerted effort to bolster road safety, Brampton is gearing up to introduce over 100 new automated speed cameras and license plate scanners across its streets. This initiative stems from Brampton City Council’s directive last year to develop a comprehensive strategy for installing an additional 135 Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) units throughout the city, augmenting the existing arsenal of 50 ASE cameras.

A recent report, greenlit by a council committee, reveals Brampton’s plans to also integrate license plate readers, 360-degree video cameras, and a robust video management platform into its array of road safety technologies. Pending council approval, this proposal could see Brampton’s ASE camera count surge to 185, more than tripling its current capacity.

The ASE system, designed to capture images of vehicles exceeding posted speed limits in critical zones like schools and community safety areas, is set to undergo significant expansion. Peel Regional Police have already earmarked 50 intersections in Brampton for the installation of license plate readers and other enhancements.

This move aligns with Brampton’s endeavor to establish a new Automated Speed Enforcement Camera Processing Centre within the city, relocating ticket processing operations from Toronto to Brampton. The anticipated facility aims to enhance processing capabilities, deter speeding violations, bolster road safety, and generate additional revenue for the city.

Currently, Brampton’s ticket processing capacity is constrained by space, staffing limitations, and burgeoning demand, resulting in ASE cameras operating well below their full potential, some for as little as two hours per day. The city underscores that the proliferation of ASE cameras is geared toward safeguarding residents, pedestrians, children, and cyclists alike.

For those caught speeding in Community Safety Zones within Brampton, the fines are as follows:

  • Speeding by 1 to 19 km/h over the limit incurs a fine of $5.00 per kilometer plus costs.
  • Speeding by 20 to 29 km/h over the limit carries a fine of $7.50 per kilometer plus costs.
  • Speeding by 30 to 49 km/h over the limit results in a fine of $12.00 per kilometer plus costs.

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