Red Light Cameras

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Council directed City staff to begin the process of implementing a red-light camera program at 10 intersections in Kingston at its meeting on December 3, 2019.


Red light cameras have been operating in Ontario for almost 20 years. Eight municipalities in the province currently have red light cameras. Kingston will join the program such that red light cameras could be operating in the City by 2022.

Prior to council’s consideration of the red light camera program, residents were invited to ask City staff their questions about the program and provide their input on what such a program could look like. Staff received and responded to 50 related questions.



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Council directed City staff to begin the process of implementing a red-light camera program at 10 intersections in Kingston at its meeting on December 3, 2019.


Red light cameras have been operating in Ontario for almost 20 years. Eight municipalities in the province currently have red light cameras. Kingston will join the program such that red light cameras could be operating in the City by 2022.

Prior to council’s consideration of the red light camera program, residents were invited to ask City staff their questions about the program and provide their input on what such a program could look like. Staff received and responded to 50 related questions.



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    How about posting the results of "High Collision Intersection Ahead" warning signs of which I believe we have at least one at Gardiners and TaylorKidd ? Of course graduated for traffic volume increase since installation. The results have been very good in P.E.C. at sand banks and Cty Rd 10. if you don't keep track of ours. Far cheaper and doesn't penalize owners unfairly for an obvious operator only errors.

    db2 Asked 10 months ago

    Red light cameras are just one tool being used in Ontario to improve driver behaviour and decrease the incidence of serious collisions at intersections. Specialized signage could be another tool considered as a road safety measure.  We are aware of the warning signs noted in your question that have been installed in Prince Edward County at the intersection of County Road 10 and County Road 11.  Although this type of signage does indeed draw attention to the intersection in a rural setting, especially when used sparingly, there could be challenges with this type of signage being effective in a busy urban area.  As most collisions within the City occur at intersections, we need to be cautious about “over signing” such that driver attention remains on the traffic signal and potential conflicts at the intersection. For these reasons, the City does not currently install "High Collision Intersection Ahead" warning signs. 


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    Are you still able to turn left on a red light, after traffic has cleared, and won’t receive a ticket?

    Mblondin Asked 10 months ago

    As long as the vehicle ENTERS the intersection on a green or amber traffic signal, the left-turning motorist will not be ticketed for turning when the traffic signal is red.


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    I understand that the city is looking at 10 locations? Will the lights at these locations be pointing in all 4 directions (given that they are 4 way intersection)? The need for some means of stopping people driving through solid red lights is necessary as I have noticed it is getting more frequent if that is possible! These drive throughs are at high speeds with no attempts to stop.

    Doug Bird Asked 10 months ago

    Council will consider the installation of 10 red light cameras at a minimum of 10 intersections.

    All intersections with red light cameras must have warning signs posted on all approaches, not just the approach with the red light camera. Since red light cameras are typically installed on only one approach of an intersection, motorists may not be aware which approach has a camera so improved behaviour is expected on all approaches at the intersection.  Installing red light cameras on more than one approach at the same intersection typically does not provide enough additional safety benefit to justify the investment.  In order to improve driver behaviour, it is best to spread the red light camera locations throughout a municipality.


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    How many more cars get rear-ended when drivers slam on their brakes to avoid red light cameras? Also, how can the city justify spending over half a million dollars of OUR money to possibly decrease 22 injuries per year when it's very likely that more rear end collisions will occur with these cameras? Is Kingston on it's way to becoming a police state?

    karenraven Asked 10 months ago

    Because red light cameras have been operating in Ontario for almost 20 years, the evidence is clear that they reduce right-angle collisions hence serious injuries and fatalities. During the first 6 to 12 months of the red light camera program, there is a risk that the incidence of rear-end type collisions could occur due to motorists unnecessarily slamming on the brakes.  Collision data from other municipalities shows that rear-end collisions could increase on average by approximately 15% but then decrease after motorists gain a better understanding of how the cameras work.  The City of London installed 10 red light cameras in 2017 and their collision data shows that rear-end type collisions increased by 12 to 15% during the initial phase of the program.  The City of London recently told us that the number of rear-end collisions at red light camera intersections has decreased in 2019 so this supports the theory that the rear-end collision history should improve after 12 months or so.  It is also important to note that the large majority of rear-end collisions are property damage only while right-angle collisions are the most severe type of collision that can occur at an intersection.

    With respect to costs, the fine revenue from the tickets is expected to cover all of the costs of the program.  All 8 municipalities currently operating red light cameras in Ontario have been able to cover all operating costs with the revenue collected from the violations.


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    Red Light Cameras, YES. However, one solution is to do what the United Kingdom did. They put the boxes just about everywhere - intersections, roads, highways, school zones, known speeding areas, etc.. They move the cameras from box to box so you never know if there is a camera there or not, until the flash tells you it took your picture. Now, everybody slows down for the camera box/boxes.

    RConWatch Asked 10 months ago

    When red light cameras were first installed in Ontario almost 20 years ago, the cameras were very expensive so they were rotated among the chosen intersections.  Drivers at that time didn't know if there was a camera or not at the intersections signed with the red light camera warning signs. Now that the program uses digital cameras and equipment costs have decreased significantly, cameras are no longer rotated between locations.  If an intersection in Ontario is signed with the red light camera warning signs, there should be a red light camera in operation on at least one approach of the intersection.



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    Before needless red light cameras are installed are there any plans in place to resolve the constant malfunctioning advanced green lights....I travel to work and go through the intersection at Centennial Drive and Bath Rd at least four times a day .....I regularly see the west facing advanced green only stay on long enough to allow 2-3 cars through.....resulting in others jumping the yellow and red lights that follow

    DANDON63 Asked 10 months ago

    There have been some on-going issues with the vehicle detection at this intersection.  We have asked Utilities Kingston to look into this.

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    why not building more roundabouts!!?? they save on energy (no lights necessary), do not stop traffic (less frustrating than having all the red lights one after the other)...so they are better for the flow and the environment!

    natadelal Asked 10 months ago

    We appreciate your support for roundabouts.  You may notice that the City has installed 2 roundabouts along Cataraqui Woods Drive and 2 along the north portion of Centennial Drive.  We considered a roundabout at Highway 38 and Unity Road but due to the grade of Highway 38 and the curve on Unity Road, it was deemed that a traffic signal was the best option.   Although roundabouts can decrease delays and the severity of collisions, they do require a large amount of land and can be challenging for pedestrians and cyclists.  The City will continue to consider roundabouts on a case-by-case basis where appropriate.

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    Might the 2.65 million which may be spent on red light camera's be better spent on snow removal or park maintenance? There are many sidewalks, especially in the West end which are not wheelchair accessible during the really snow months of winter. In the spring grass isnt cut in some parks until it is almost knee high, and at least two of the wooded areas of Cataraqui Woods Park have been turned into hangout spots covered in piles of garbage — plastic bottles, aluminum cans and food wrappers — and furnished with backyard furniture largely stolen from neighbouring properties. ...

    Mhmslg Asked 10 months ago

    The cost estimate of $530,000 per/year for 10 intersections is based on each camera installation costing $53,000 per year for 5 years.  Based on a minimum installation of 10 cameras, the total expected cost for the full 5 year commitment is estimated at $2.65 million.  These costs include the fixed base costs associated with each camera including the camera hardware, installation, maintenance and annual MTO licensing fee as well as an estimate of the processing/administration fees that are levied for each violation that is processed. 

    The above cost estimate is based on information from other Ontario municipalities running red light camera programs.  Practically the number of violations per camera are higher in the early years of the program and decline over time as motorists adjust their behaviour at the intersection.  The reduction in violations over time is a measure that the program is effective. 

    For each red light camera violation, the City would receive $260 once the Federally mandated victim surcharge fee ($60) and court fee ($5) is deducted.  This $260 will be used to offset the above costs, any City administration/communications costs, and any surplus would remain within the municipality.  If Council wishes to proceed with the program, staff would likely recommend that the revenue be held in a road safety reserve fund for the duration of the 5-year program to lower the risk that program is not, at a minimum, revenue neutral over the five year time frame.

    There are no additional fees over and above what has been noted in this response. The fine revenue from the tickets is intended to cover all of the costs over the term of the program which are estimated to be $2.65 million.  All 8 municipalities currently operating red light cameras in Ontario have been able to cover all operating costs with the revenue collected from the violations.


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    please put one at victoria & concession, i see cars drive through (ie on concession direction) the red every day, it is an accident waiting to happen for sure!! or the YELLOW should be longer so people have time to think about stopping...

    Laulaupip Asked 10 months ago

    The minimum of 10 locations for the proposed red light cameras will be confirmed at a later time if Council approves the program.  Factors to be considered during the selection process include the number of right-angle collisions and red light violations.  Staff will also gather feedback from Kingston Police.  It would also be important to spread the red light camera intersections throughout the City in order to gain the maximum safety benefit.

    The City uses Ministry of Transportation Ontario (MTO) guidelines to determine both the length of the amber and the all-red phase at signalized intersections. The guidelines consider the posted speed limit and the width of the intersection.  A longer amber or a longer all-red could encourage motorists to continue driving through the intersection.  Longer vehicle clearance times also increase overall delays for all users of the intersection. The City will continue to adhere to Ministry of Transportation Ontario guidelines to determine both the length of the amber and the all-red phase at signalized intersections. The length of amber lights at signalized intersections will not be adjusted in order to catch more red light runners.



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    Has the Highway Traffic Act changed to allow vehicles to enter an intersection before it is clear? If not, then those vehicles sitting in an intersection should be ticketed. (Regardless of whether it goes red or not.) They create a hazard by screening a portion of an active roadway.

    Randy Elliott Asked 10 months ago

    As per the Highway Traffic Act on Ontario, vehicles are still not permitted to block an intersection so before entering an intersection, drivers must ensure that they can clear the intersection.  If however a vehicle enters the intersection on green or amber and ends up blocking the intersection due to queuing traffic, the offender will not receive a red light camera ticket.  Only vehicles that enter the intersection on a red light will receive a violation notice.