More speed cameras coming to Mississauga in 2021

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If you're worried about speeding in Mississauga, you might be happy to hear that the city plans to launch the first phase of its automated speed enforcement (ASE or photo radar) plan in April 2021. 

According to a recent report, the program will start with the installation of two cameras that will rotate on a monthly basis within neighbourhoods that contain schools (or "community safety zones"). The report says that locations will be prioritized based on the severity of speeding in the area, as well as traffic and pedestrian volumes, collision history, and site suitability.

During the second phase of the project, the program will be expanded to allow ASE technology to rotate frequently through all "suitable" residential school zones within the city where speeding is a concern.

The report says cameras will be added as required and an expanded program could include up to 22 cameras which will rotate across all wards.

The project is part of a broader plan to bolster road safety in the city. This past summer, the city announced the launch of the Neighbourhood Area Speed Limit Project, which includes lowering speed limits to 30 km/h in neighbourhood school zones. It also involves implementing school area community safety zones and lowering speed limits on residential streets to 40 km/h. 

In October 2019, council approved amendments to the traffic bylaw that will gradually lower speeds on residential streets from 50 to 40 km/h. As of now, 12 neighbourhoods have received 40 km/h signage at the entry and exit points.

Initially, the ASE program was slated to launch in September 2020, but it was delayed by COVID and the need to give city staff more time to lower the speed limits on some roadways

According to the report, Mayor Bonnie Crombie sent a letter to Premier Doug Ford in the summer that highlighted the pressures on court operations during the pandemic and requested additional judicial resources in order to address backlogs and future initiatives such as ASE, school bus stop arm cameras, and red light cameras.

The city-wide deployment of reduced speed limits within neighbourhoods is underway and is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2021. ASE will be deployed in these new speed limit areas once the program begins.

The report says that signage will be posted notifying commuters that speed cameras are coming to the neighbourhood. 

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