Red light cameras
How do red light cameras work?
Red Light Cameras (RLC) are installed to photograph vehicles that run red lights. “Red light running” is when a driver enters an intersection after the light has turned red.
The cameras are on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They are connected to the traffic light (signal) and to sensors that are installed just before the stop line. The system constantly monitors the traffic light (signal), and the camera takes a picture of any vehicle that doesn’t stop at the red light.
Red light cameras are calibrated every year to ensure its accuracy and is tested weekly in order to confirm all components are operating properly.
The camera records the:
- time of day
- exact time the car crossed the stop line and the length of time that the red was active
- vehicle speed
- license plate
These photos are reviewed by the Provincial Offence Officers and tickets are mailed to owners of the vehicles within 3 weeks from the time of the violation.
Making a right turn at a red light
Under the Highway Traffic Act, when a vehicle is approaching a signalized intersection with a red light, it must first come to a complete stop at the intersection before making a right turn – it’s the law. If you fail to stop you are breaking the law/committing a chargeable offence. The red light camera will take pictures when a vehicle is detected turning right without stopping on red.
How do red light cameras increase safety?
Red light cameras were installed as safety initiative at intersections to prevent motorists from running red lights.
Red light cameras cause people to slow down: drivers know that the camera is there and if they try to go through red light they'll most likely get photographed. This awareness helps to lessen the accidents and injuries at intersections.
Red light cameras have demonstrated a reduction of right angle collisions at intersections.
The Region of Peel is planning to add more red light cameras in the near future.
What is the fine for running a red light?
The set fine for running a red light is $325, which includes a $60 victim surcharge and $5 court cost.
Where are cameras located? What do they look like?
There are 34 active red light cameras in Peel: 14 in Brampton and 19 in Mississauga and 1 in Caledon.
RLC is in a box that is mounted on a pole 3.6m above the ground and 20m before the intersection.
How do I pay for red light camera ticket?
You can pay in person at the Provincial Offences Courts in Mississauga (905-615-4500) and Brampton (905-450-4770) and Caledon (905-584-2273), over the phone, online, or by mail in the same way that you would pay traffic tickets.
Should you have any questions regarding your ticket please contact the Offences Court of the city the violation occurred in.