On August 31, officials from Niagara Region, the City of St. Catharines and the Niagara Catholic District School Board hosted an event to mark the launch of its Automated Speed Enforcement Program which will be ready to start issuing monetary penalties for speeding just in time for ‘back to school’ on Sept. 5.
The event, held at St. Ann Catholic Elementary School in St. Catharines, highlighted the benefits of the Automated Speed Enforcement program which include slowing down traffic and making roads safer for all users. The heightened awareness of vehicle speeds through Community Safety Zones comes at an especially important time as students begin to walk, bike and otherwise make their way to school.
The Automated Speed Enforcement Program is one part of the Region’s Vision Zero Initiative which has the goal to improve road safety for all users and to reduce and ultimately eliminate fatalities or serious injuries involving road traffic.
The program will operate on a schedule with four cameras rotating throughout 13 of the Region’s Community Safety Zones, with the first four active zones being the following:
Lundy’s Lane between Kalar Road and Montrose Road (West Lane Secondary School)
Main Street between Martindale Road and Johnson Street (St. Ann Catholic Elementary School)
Rice Road between Quaker Road and Woodlawn Road (Alexander Kuska KSG Catholic Elementary School)
Station Street between Spring Creek Road and West Street (John Calvin School)
These four areas will be actively monitoring speeds and issuing tickets from September through December 2023, after which time the cameras will be rotated to four new areas within the Community Safety Zones.See the full schedule of areas for the active speed enforcement cameras, along with a map indicating where cameras are active.