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Traffic calming and red light cameras

Measures for reducing speeding and drivers running red lights.

Traffic calming is the use of different techniques to slow drivers down and reduce vehicle speeds. Red light cameras capture images of vehicles that run red lights at intersections.

Road safety is everyone’s responsibility

  • Pedestrians should always stop, look, and listen before walking across a road.
  • Cyclists should always watch for and obey all traffic signs and signals.
  • Drivers should always look for pedestrians and cyclists when turning left or right.

Other information

Peel Region’s “Don’t Speed” campaign aims at encouraging citizens to think more about their driving behaviour.

When a driver chooses to drive any amount over the posted speed limit, they are endangering not only their own safety but that of other road users. Controlling vehicle speed can prevent collisions from happening and can reduce the impact when they do happen by giving people more time to stop.

Peel Region is working with local municipalities, community groups, agencies, and partner organizations such as Peel Regional Police to implement Vision Zero principles into its road safety initiatives. This will save lives by helping change people's perceptions of speeding and remind them that slowing down can reduce injuries and collisions on Peel roadways.

A number of Regional road design measures have been implemented in addition to speed limit reviews.

These measures include:

  • Expansion of the red light camera program
  • Automated Speed Enforcement
  • Electronic radar speed signs
  • Radar speed trailers
  • Traffic calming signs in the centre of the two-lane roadways to narrow the roadway

Driver safety tips

  • Give yourself extra time so you don’t have to rush to your destination.
  • Eliminate distractions so you can pay attention to your speed.
  • Watch for other road users like pedestrian or cyclists when driving through intersections.
  • Be extra careful when driving through areas where people are working on or near the road.
  • Lower your speed to reflect road conditions in bad weather, heavy traffic and construction zones.
  • Slow down on residential streets and school zones. Stay a safe distance away from pedestrians and children using roadways.
  • Follow all speed limits posted on roadways.

We use the 3 "Es" – engineering techniques, education, and enforcement, (such as police) – to change drivers' behaviour and improve road safety in Peel.

The following traffic calming techniques are used on Regional roads.

Mobile radar speed trailer

A mobile trailer is set up on the shoulder or boulevard to show drivers the posted speed and the speed of the vehicle they're driving.

A "SLOW DOWN" message is displayed if the vehicle exceeds the maximum speed.

Mobile radar speed trailers are used in any requested area where traffic speed is a concern.

Video surveillance trailer

Video surveillance trailers have a recording device with 4 cameras fixed to a mobile trailer. The digital recording device records traffic activities.

Video surveillance trailers are used mostly to monitor vehicles and pedestrian activity for long periods of time or when staff isn't available to make observations. They can be used in parking lots, on streets, or at special events.

Vehicle-activated traffic calming signs

This sign has an electronic LED (light emitting diode) light with a radar speed detector. The speed of your vehicle will be measured by the radar as you approach the sign.

If you're going over the speed limit:

  • The sign will show the posted speed.
  • The words SLOW DOWN will appear.
  • The lights will flash for 3 to 4 seconds to slow you down.

Semi-permanent vehicle activated traffic calming signs can be used almost anywhere.

Speed cushions and "SLOW" pavement markings

Speed cushions are small rubber pads placed across the road with spaces between them that are used to help slow down cars.

The difference between speed cushions and speed humps is that cushions are spaced in sections that let the emergency vehicles pass without having to slow down.

"SLOW" pavement markings are letters printed on the pavement saying "SLOW".

"SLOW" pavement markings are used in areas where extra attention may be required (for example, entering built-up urban areas).

Flashing speed limit signs in school zones

Flashing speed limit signs on Regional roads warn drivers that they are entering a school zone, and they must reduce their speed while the sign is flashing.

Drivers are required to drive safely and be aware of pedestrians.

Peel's flashing speed limit sign locations and times.

"Your Speed" radar signs

An Electronic "Your Speed" Radar Sign works in conjunction with existing flashing 40 km/h school zones to further emphasize the need for reduced speed.

The sign will:

  • Show the speed of the approaching vehicles.
  • Only be active during school hours with the flashing 40 km/h beacons.

This program is being piloted in Alton on Regional Road 136 (Main Street) at Alton Public School. If the program is expanded, the signs can be used anywhere in Peel.


A roundabout is a circular intersection where vehicles travel counter-clockwise around a raised center island, with entering traffic yielding the right-of-way to circulating traffic.

  • Help decrease speed and serious collisions.
  • Reduce delays and idling.
  • Have lower maintenance costs.

Peel roundabouts are built to accommodate all motor vehicles, including large trucks and farm machinery.

How red light cameras work

Red light cameras 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, 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 are tested weekly to confirm all components are operating properly.

The camera records the:

  • Date.
  • 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. 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. This is the law.

If you fail to stop you are breaking the law or committing a chargeable offence (or both). The red light camera will take pictures when a vehicle is detected turning right without stopping on red.

How 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 reduce collisions and injuries at intersections.

Red light cameras have demonstrated a reduction of right-angle collisions at intersections.

Peel Region is planning to add more red light cameras in the near future.

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.

Paying for a red light camera ticket

You can pay in person at the Provincial Offences Courts in Mississauga (905-615-4500), Brampton (905-450-4770), and Caledon (905-584-2273). Or you can pay over the phone, online, or by mail in the same way that you would pay traffic tickets.

If you have any questions about your ticket, please contact the Offences Court in the city or town where the violation happened.

Camera locations in Peel

There are 35 active red light cameras in Peel: 14 in Brampton, 20 in Mississauga, and one in Caledon.

The RLC is in a box that is mounted on a pole 3.6 m above the ground and 20 m before the intersection.

Peel red light camera locations.