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Road Safety Strategy: Red Light Running


Do Your Part

Red light running often is the result of speeding or aggressive driving, and as such, it can be prevented.

Did You Know?

That almost 280 collisions per year occurring in the city of London can be related to red light running?

Safety Tips

Do not be aggressive

  • Be cool.  Do not lose your calm while driving.
  • Just be late. Plan your trip in accordance with the expected traffic conditions.
  • Keep at or below the speed limit. It will then be much easier to stop for an amber signal.

Obey the rules of the road

  • Make a full stop on red lights
  • Always stop at a yellow light unless you are unable to do it safely.

Red Light Camera Intersections

The following are the planned Red Light Camera intersections. The first intersection should be operational by mid-May.

  1. Commissioners Road E at Wellington Road
  2. Dundas Street at Clarke Road
  3. Exeter Road at Wharncliffe Road S
  4. Huron Street at Highbury Avenue N
  5. Oxford Street W at Wonderland Road N
  6. Oxford Street E at Adelaide Street N
  7. Queens Avenue at Adelaide Street N
  8. Queens Avenue at Talbot Street
  9. Springbank Drive at Wonderland Road S
  10. Windermere Road at Richmond Street
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  • What is red light running?

    "Red light running" refers to driving through an intersection after the light has turned red. It is an aggressive driving behaviour that can seriously injure or kill other drivers and pedestrians.

  • Is red light running a problem?

    The City completed the London Road Safety Strategy (LRSS). The overall objective of the LRSS was to develop a coordinated road safety strategy plan that provides direction for future road safety projects and programs. The plan defines a system and a process for setting out the targets, policies, and action plans that will guide the City and its partners in creating safer roads by reducing the number and the severity of motor vehicle collisions.

    As part of the LRSS, motor vehicle collisions data was analyzed based on injury and fatal collisions only in order to identify the Target Areas of highest injury or fatal collision occurrence for the road safety program. Red-light running was identified as the 6th highest target area causing injury or fatal collisions and it was identified for targeted safety programs.

    Intersection traffic safety is achieved through a combination of engineering, education, and enforcement. The Red Light Camera (RLC) Program is one of the countermeasures identified in the LRSS to improve intersection safety by decreasing the incidence of red light running at intersections.

    Collisions resulting from red-light running tend to be more severe than other intersection collisions because they usually involve at least one vehicle travelling very quickly. In the most serious red-light running collisions, the vehicles hit each other at right angles. The resulting side-impact collisions cause severe injuries sometimes leading to death.

  • Why are red light safety cameras being installed?

    Red light safety camera enforcement in conjunction with public awareness can modify driving behaviour and has been shown to reduce red light violations and intersection collisions.

    In general, the presence of automated enforcement on a 24/7 basis leads to a strong deterrent effect, if the location and presence of the automated enforcement is well known or well-publicized. For certain situations, automated enforcement may be a more effective use of public resources than police officers. For Red Light Safety Cameras (RLSC) in particular, public acceptance is very high, as the act of running a red light is recognized as one which is reckless and likely to have severe consequences.

    Municipalities that have installed RLSCs have seen the numbers of red-light running infractions decrease, the number of rear-end collisions decrease as motorists become accustomed to the RLSCs and that these benefits have extended to other intersections that do not have RLSCs.

  • Do red light safety cameras photograph every vehicle passing through an intersection?

    No. The cameras are set so that only those vehicles that enter an intersection after the light has turned red are photographed. Vehicles that enter on the green or amber are not photographed.

  • What information is contained in a red light safety camera photograph?

    If the RLSC determines a vehicle is about to enter the intersection on a red signal a photo is taken of the vehicle before it enters the intersection.

    Car entering into an intersection on a red light.

    A second photograph is taken of the vehicle in the intersection.

    Car in the intersection on a red signal

    Both photographs show a red traffic signal, when the photograph was taken, the length of the amber signal, how long the signal has been red and the speed of the vehicle.

  • What if I am making a left turn and the light turns red when my vehicle is still in the intersection?

    Motorists already in an intersection when the signal changes to red (when waiting to turn, for example) are not red light runners.

  • What if I turn right while the signal is red?

    As per the Ontario Highway Traffic Act, right turns on red is permitted as long as the driver comes to a complete stop, they proceed when it is safe to do so and there are no signs prohibiting right turns on red. If the above is followed then the red light camera would not be triggered.

  • Why does the countdown reach "0" but the signal is still green?

    Drivers should not rely on pedestrian countdown signals to know when the signal is about to change. In most cases the pedestrian signal will only be displayed when it is activated by a pedestrian. If there is no pedestrian to push the button then the pedestrian signal will remain at “Don’t Walk” yet the traffic signal is green. There are also times that the pedestrian signal will countdown to “0” but the traffic signal will remain green.

    In both of these cases if a driver relied on the pedestrian countdown signal then they would stop while other drivers would not be expecting a vehicle to stop in their path.

    The key is the amber signal. The length of the amber signal is based on the posted speed limit with adjustments for downhill grades. The length of the amber signal includes time for the driver to react to the amber signal and safely stop before entering the intersection. If a driver does not believe they can safely stop then they should proceed with caution. The red light safety camera (RLSC) is only triggered when a vehicle enters the intersection on a red signal. The RLSC would not be triggered if someone enters the intersection on an amber signal because they could not safely stop.

  • Are funeral processions excempt from red light running tickets?

    All drivers must adhere to the Ontario Highway Traffic Act (HTA) and this includes funeral processions. The HTA does not provide any exemptions to allow funeral processions to proceed through a red traffic signal. Drivers that proceed though a red traffic signal endanger themselves and others as traffic on the cross street with a green signal may not realize there is a funeral procession.

    This applies to police officer issued tickets and red light camera tickets so remember to always adhere to the HTA and stop for red traffic signals.

  • What are the penalties for running a red light?

    The fine for running a red light when issued by a police officer is $325.00 that includes a victim surcharge of $60.00 Failing to stop for a red light where a police officer issues a ticket results in three demerit points.

    The fine for running a red light detected by a camera system is the same as tickets issued by police officers; however, there are no demerit points associated with red light safety camera enforcement. The infraction notice from a red light safety camera system is sent to the registered owner of the vehicle who is responsible for payment of the infraction.

  • Do red light cameras violate privacy?

    By obtaining a license, motorists agree to abide by rules governed by the Highway Traffic Act. Motorists themselves are not observed or documented. Red light safety cameras photograph a vehicle's rear license plate only-not its driver or occupants. The Red Light Safety Camera programs in Ontario have consulted the Province's Information and Privacy Commissioner to ensure the cameras do not violate driver privacy.

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