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Automated Speed Enforcement

Kingston’s automated speed enforcement pilot project launches in the fall of 2024. It will run for two years before being reviewed in 2026. 

Paying or contesting a ticket

Tickets for speeding vary based on how fast the vehicle was going. Fines are outlined in Schedule D of the Provincial Offences Act, the total cost of the ticket will also include a victim fine surcharge and court costs. The Ministry of Transportation does not issue demerit points and driving records are not impacted for automated speed enforcement. Tickets are issued to the registered owner of the vehicle regardless of who is driving the vehicle.  

Automated speed enforcement locations

The location of automated speed enforcement varies. Two cameras rotate between locations approximately every three months. Notice is provided 90 days before a location change with signs at the new location.

Locations for automated speed enforcement are selected through a safety and speed review of all Community Safety Zones in the city. Automated speed enforcement is only used in the City’s Community Safety Zones. 

How automated speed enforcement works

A camera and a speed measurement device are set up at the location where enforcement is taking place. When a vehicle is detected going faster than the posted speed limit by the measuring device the camera photographs the vehicle’s licence plate. Those photographs are reviewed by a Provincial Offences Office and if a speeding violation is confirmed a ticket is issued through the mail. 

The ticket is mailed to the owner of the vehicle regardless of who was driving. Upon conviction, the only penalty is a fine – no demerit points will be issued nor will the registered owner's driving record be impacted. 

Automated speed enforcement is a part of a broader speeding reduction strategy. It is focused on changing driver behaviour to decrease speed and improve safety. It works with other strategies including education, engineering and police enforcement. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Speed limits are not guideline – they are the law. Driving at or below the posted speed limit is the best way to ensure you don’t receive a ticket. 

Cameras are not passively recording. They are triggered by vehicles travelling faster than the posted speed limit and take a still photo when that happens. Additional info is not record or photographed. 

The cameras only take photographs of the rear license plate of the vehicle and do not photograph or identify the driver. Vehicle owner should ensure that anyone driving their vehicle adheres to the posted speed limits. 

Signage is located before entering areas where automated enforcement is used. In advance of cameras moving to a site signage will be installed 90-days in advance to let drivers know. 

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Today, the City is committed to working with Indigenous peoples and all residents to pursue a united path of reconciliation.

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