New speed cameras will soon be monitoring drivers in eight Ottawa neighbourhoods.
The City of Ottawa says signs have been posted in designated community safety zones since December, warning drivers that speed cameras were coming soon. It's now expecting to put the cameras to use, starting Monday, July 13.
The streets featuring the new cameras will include:
- Innes Road, near École secondaire catholique Béatrice-Desloges
- Bayshore Drive, near St. Rose of Lima School
- Smyth Road, near Vincent Massey Public School, Hillcrest High School and École secondaire catholique Franco-Cité
- Meadowlands Drive West, near St. Gregory School
- Ogilvie Road, near Gloucester High School
- Longfields Drive, near École élémentaire catholique Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau, St. Mother Teresa High School and Longfields-Davidson Heights Secondary School
- Katimavik Road, near Holy Trinity Catholic High School
- Watters Road, near St. Francis of Assisi School
The two cameras on Innes Road and Bayshore Drive will stay put while another two will rotate between the remaining six locations.
The city says vehicles that speed in those areas could have their picture taken. The registered owner would receive a ticket in the mail about 30 days later, showing their vehicle, license plate and the location, time of day and recorded speed. Drivers will not receive demerit points for tickets issued through the program.
The province paved the way for automated speed enforcement in November 2019 when it passed regulations under the Safer School Zones Act to reduce speeds in school zones and community safety zones.
The city says its pilot project is meant to evaluate the effectiveness of speed cameras at reducing instances of speeding in the vicinity of schools. A report will be presented to Transportation Committee and Council in mid-2021 with recommendations on the use of speed cameras within Ottawa moving forward.
The city is expected to reinvest revenue collected from automated speed enforcement back into road safety initiatives under the Strategic Road Safety Action Plan.