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Red Light Cameras

 
To enforce provincial laws against running red lights, Halton Region manages a Red Light Camera Program. Learn more about locations and violation costs.

Crashes are more likely to occur when people run red lights. Running a red light is against the law. Halton Region's Red Light Camera Program deters red light runners and has been proven to improve safety through the reduction of serious collisions. A number of municipalities in Ontario have introduced red light cameras (RLCs) at key intersections.

Red Light Camera Program in our Region

  • There’s one collision (on average) every week in Halton because someone ran a red light
  • 316 collisions in Halton Region were caused by red light running from 2006-2010
  • In Environics Research Group's (2012) survey of 600 Halton Region drivers 18 years and older:
    • 40% saw someone running a red light at least once a week
    • 62% saw a near-miss accident by someone running a red light
  • Halton Region drivers are concerned about:
    • drunk drivers (78%)
    • drivers running red lights (72%)
    • speeding drivers (54%)
    • lack of enforcement (47%)
    • intersection safety (49%)

Did you know?

  • The fine for running a red light is $325.
  • Camera sites are based on opportunities for safety improvement.
  • Halton Region installs and maintains RLCs.
  • Regional staff cannot address issues about individual RLC violations. The court system handles ticket questions in the municipality where the violation occurs.
  • RLCs take photos of red light runners all day.
  • RLCs only take photos when cars enter intersections with a red light on.
  • The Red Light Camera Program is already in Toronto, Hamilton, Ottawa, Peel and Waterloo.
  • Red light cameras help to:
    • Reduce personal-injury type collisions
    • Improve the safety of our intersections
    • Enhance the quality of life in our community

Locations of red light cameras

Ticket information and paying fines

To pay your ticket online visit paytickets.ca (external link)

If your vehicle is caught on camera going through or failing to yield at a red light, you will receive a ticket. The set fine is $325. Tickets arrive in the mail or are personally served to you. You have 45 days to pay a mailed ticket and 30 days for a personally served ticket.

When you receive a ticket, you can do one of the following:

  • Pay the fine
  • Dispute the charge

Paying a Red Light Camera Fine

If you have questions about a ticket you've received, contact the appropriate municipal court system.

Frequently asked questions

  • Red light running happens when a vehicle enters an intersection after the light has turned red.
  • Yes, all locations with red light cameras have signage.
  • No, only vehicles that enter a monitored approach to an intersection after the light has turned red are photographed.
  • No. RLCs enhance police efforts by discouraging motorists from disobeying a red light.
  1. Digital photos are downloaded from RLC locations. Photos are securely transported to the Joint Municipal Processing Centre in Toronto.
  2. Photos are reviewed by a Provincial Offences Officer who verifies the offence. The license plate number must be identifiable and validated.
  3. An Offence Notice Form is completed and mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle.
  4. The municipal court system handles trials and appeals.
  • Yes. Trained officers review every picture to verify information and the offence.
  • The registered license plate holder receives the ticket when their vehicle is observed, by a red light camera, running a red light. This only happens on the monitored approach to an intersection.
  • Yes. It can be replaced by registered vehicle owners at a Provincial Offences Act location.
  • The fine is $325.
  • Demerit points are not issued with violations detected by the red light cameras.
  • If the fine goes unpaid, the license plate cannot be renewed.
  • The fine is $325.
  • Running a red light results in three demerit points.
  • $265 goes to Municipal Court Services.
  • The $60 Victim Fine Surcharge goes to the Province of Ontario.
  • This depends upon the driver’s automobile insurance company premiums.
  • No. Halton Region is subject to the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
    • Only needed and authorized information is collected.
    • Only rear license plates are photographed.
    • Motorists are not observed or recorded. If captured on film, they cannot be identified from the photos.
  • Provincial Offence Officers at the Joint Municipal Processing Centre keep the photos.
  • The Centre provides photos and records to Halton Region.
  • The Centre provides photos and certified plate registration information if a trial occurs.
  • Photos entered into evidence become public record.
  • No. The red light cameras can’t detect and photograph cyclists.
  • Yes. The red light cameras record violations 24 hours a day.
  • Currently, Traffipax, a subsidiary of Jenoptik – Traffic Solutions, provides the Region's RLCs.
  • Cameras are industrial 35-mm designed for unattended operation outside.
  • Cameras are in a box on a pole approximately 20 metres before the intersection and 3.5 metres above the ground, on one approach to the intersection.
  • Red light cameras are used in Canada and around the world.
    • Other countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Israel, the Netherlands, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America
    • Other provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and Quebec
    • Other regions: Hamilton, Toronto, Ottawa, Peel, Waterloo and York
  • Contact the appropriate municipal court system.
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