Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) is a system that uses a camera to enforce speed limits. Speed cameras, much like red-light cameras, exist to reduce the risk of collisions. In Ottawa, these cameras are located in certain community safety zones near schools where speeding is a risk to our most vulnerable road users, our children.
Once the cameras are active, motorists photographed speeding through these areas will get a ticket. Tickets will be mailed to the registered plate owner of the vehicle within 30 days. Like speeding tickets issued by police officers, the fine amount will be based on how much the driver was exceeding the posted speed limit. As the offence occurred in a community safety zone, the fine will be doubled. Tickets are mailed to the registered plate owner of the vehicle with no demerit points. There are options for payment or response to this Provincial Offense Violation.
“Coming Soon” warning signs are installed for at least 90 days wherever a speed camera will be placed to alert motorists of its upcoming installation or re-installation:
Once the speed camera goes live, the coming soon sign is replaced by a “Municipal Speed Camera in Use" sign:
Cameras will be active only when the “Municipal Speed Camera In Use” sign is posted.
Speed cameras will be installed in the community safety zones below:
|Roadway Name||Between||And||Schools Fronting Roadway|
|Abbott Street East||Moss Hill Trail||Shea Road||Sacred Heart High School|
|Alta Vista Drive||Ayers Avenue||Ridgemont Avenue||
|Bayshore Drive||Woodridge Crescent (north)||Woodridge Crescent (south)||St. Rose of Lima School|
|Bearbrook Road||Centrepark Drive||Innes Road||
|Greenbank Road||Harrison Street||Banner Road||Sir Robert Borden High School|
|Innes Road||Portobello Boulevard||Trim Road||École secondaire catholique Béatrice-Desloges|
|Katimavik Road||Castlefrank Road||Curran Street||Holy Trinity Catholic High School|
|Longfields Drive||Berrigan Drive||Hobblebush Street||
|Meadowlands Drive West||Woodroffe Avenue||Withrow Avenue||St. Gregory School|
|Ogilvie Road||Elmlea Gate||Elmridge Drive||Gloucester High School|
|Smyth Road||Lynda Lane||Saunderson Drive||
|St. Laurent Boulevard||Noranda Avenue||Clarke Avenue||Queen Elizabeth Public School|
|Tenth Line Road||Amiens Street||Des Épinettes||
|Watters Road||Charlemagne Boulevard||Shawinigan Street||St. Francis of Assisi School|
Throughout 2022, the City is expanding the ASE program by gradually adding cameras to 15 new locations, all near school zones.
The other new locations scheduled to have warning signage and have ASE cameras installed over the next year include:
- Abbeyhill Drive from Aldburn Place to Sherwood Street
- Bridgestone Drive from Sunnybrooke Drive to Granite Court
- Chapman Mills Drive from Beatrice Drive to Meadgate Gate
- Crestway Drive from Oldfield Street to Hathaway Drive
- Fisher Avenue from Deer Park Road to Kintyre Private
- Greenbank Road from Jockvale Road to Half Moon Bay
- Kanata Avenue from Goulbourn Forced Road to Walden Drive
- Stittsville Main Street from Bandelier Way to Hazeldean Road
- Woodroffe Avenue from Georgina Drive to Highway 417
Since the Automated Speed Enforcement program began in July 2020, over 125,000 tickets have been issued at eight priority school zone locations (as of January 2022). This has generated approximately $8.1 million in revenue, which is all reinvested into the City of Ottawa’s Road Safety Action Plan program, which uses education, engineering and enforcement to promote greater road safety for all road users.
Data from the pilot period shows that ASE has a positive impact on driver speed and safety on average at school zones in Ottawa:
- 200 per cent increase in compliance with the speed limit
- 11 per cent decrease at which 85 per cent of the traffic is travelling at or below the speed limit
- 72 per cent decrease in drivers traveling at 15 km/h over the speed limit
There is a very simple way to avoid getting a ticket – just don’t speed. Slow down and help keep our communities safe. Think Safety, Act Safely!
Please visit aseontario.com to learn more.