Oct 23, 2019
Getting a red light camera ticket can cost you, but not as much as a collision. Red light cameras were introduced to deter drivers from running red lights and potentially causing accidents. They are installed in the busiest and most dangerous intersections with the objective to reduce auto accident rates.
In this blog, we will discuss red light camera tickets in Ontario, provide information about fines, costs, prevention, the impact on car insurance, and answer commonly asked questions.
About Red Light Camera Tickets In Ontario
Red light cameras are not new to Ontario. The first red light cameras were used in Ontario as part of provincial government Bill 102, Red Light Cameras Pilot Projects Act, 1998. The province passed legislation in 2004 to allow for the use of red light cameras across the province.
There are currently over 300 red light cameras in use in municipalities across the province of Ontario, with about half of them located in Toronto. The following cities currently used red light cameras in Ontario :
Many other municipalities across the region are also discussing implementation.
How Red Light Cameras Work
What Is A Red Light Camera Ticket?
Red light cameras are designed to prevent drivers from running red lights. They are installed at high volume or high accident rate intersections.
If a vehicle enters the intersection once the light has already turned red (crossing the stop line) the camera will take a photo of the vehicle and its license plate. The photos will be reviewed by an officer to verify you have actually ran a red light. A ticket will be issued and mailed by the Ministry of Transportation to the registered owner of the vehicle.
If your vehicle enters the intersection when the light is yellow or if you were already in the intersection when the light turns red (for example, waiting to turn left) you will not be issued a ticket.
Red Light Camera Ticket Fine
How Much Does A Red Light Camera Ticket Cost?
Running red light and getting a camera ticket will cost you. A red light camera ticket fine is the same as a red light ticket. As of January 1, 2010, a red light camera ticket cost is $325. Ontario red light camera tickets cost the same across the province. A red light camera ticket in Toronto will result in the same fine as Ottawa, Hamilton or any other city that uses red light cameras in intersections.
Red Light Camera Ticket Ontario and Demerit Points
Unlike a traditional red light traffic ticket, there are no red light camera ticket demerit points. You will not receive red light camera ticket demerit points in Ontario if you are caught running a red light on camera. You are still subject to the $325 fine.
Red light camera tickets are unique because they are one of the only ticket that is issued to the vehicle owner, not the driver. Vehicle owners are assigned the ticket because drivers cannot be identified through red light camera photos.
Ontario Red Light Camera Ticket Payment Options
How Do I Pay A Red Light Camera Ticket?
Once you receive your red light ticket in the mail, follow the payment instructions provided. In most cases, you can pay a red light camera ticket online. You also have the option to pay in person, or may a payment by mail.
Fighting A Red Light Camera Ticket in Ontario
Is Contesting A Red Light Camera Ticket Worth It?
Many people want to know how to fight a red light camera ticket. Like any other ticket, you have the right to fight a red light camera ticket. It is, however, highly unlikely that you will be able to overturn your traffic ticket. At best, most drivers may be able to reduce the fine amount but results vary on a case by case basis.
You can dispute a red light camera ticket, but considering the time and effort, it may not be worth it to challenge a red light camera ticket.
Red Light Camera Ticket And Insurance
Many drivers are concerned about red light camera tickets and insurance. They want to know if a red light camera ticket affects insurance premiums. Fortunately, there is no insurance impact if you get a red light camera ticket. It doesn’t go on your driving record and there are no demerit points. Again, with no impact on insurance, it reduces the need to fight a red light camera ticket.
Learn more about how tickets affect insurance rates in Ontario.
How To Check Red Light Camera Ticket Online
Checking your ticket status online is quick and easy to do. You can check the status of your red light camera ticket online through the Ontario.ca website.
To view your red light camera ticket online you can also use the Provincial Offenses Act online services portal and look up your ticket. You will need the location code and offense number that is printed on your ticket. Follow the steps provided on the website.
What Is The Penalty For Not Paying Red Light Camera Ticket?
The owner of the vehicle used when a red light ticket was issued is responsible for paying the ticket. Even though the ticket will not appear on your driving record, failure to pay the ticket could result in your license plate renewal permit being refused if your ticket is outstanding. You will have to pay your ticket before you renew your driver’s license as well.
I Lost My Red Light Camera Ticket – Now What?
If you lose a traffic ticket, including a red light camera ticket, you can visit your local courthouse. They can look up any outstanding tickets on your record using your driver’s license. You can also pay your ticket at this time.
How To Prevent Red Light Camera Tickets
Getting a red light camera ticket can be a costly mistake. Here are some tips for how to avoid red light camera ticket :
- Know where red light cameras are located in your city.
- Be on the lookout for red light camera warning signs as you approach intersections.
- Slow down and mine your speed when approaching intersections.
- Ease off the gas pedal when approaching intersections.
- Avoid entering an intersection once a traffic light has turned yellow.
- Only allow trusted individuals to use your vehicle.
Red Light Camera Tickets FAQs
Drivers have a lot of questions about red light camera tickets. Here we answer some of the top questions about this type of traffic ticket :
How Do You Know If You Get A Red Light Camera Ticket?
The owner of the vehicle will be issued a ticket in the mail. It can take up to one month or longer before you will receive the red light camera ticket.
How Much Will My Insurance Go Up After A Red Light Camera Ticket?
It won’t go up. Red light camera tickets do not go on your driving record and have no impact on your auto insurance rates.
What Happens If You Get A Red Light Camera Ticket?
The vehicle owner, not the driver of the vehicle, is responsible to pay a fine. They will be notified via mail about the ticket. Failure to pay the ticket could result in the vehicle owner’s inability to renew their driver’s license or renew their vehicle registration.
How Much Is A Red Light Camera Ticket?
A red light camera ticket is $325. It is broken down as a $260 fine plus a $60 victim surcharge and $5 court cost. The proceeds from the ticket are split between the city and the province.
Can You Fight A Red Light Camera Ticket?
Yes, you have the right to fight a red light camera ticket. Most people dispute the ticket to get a reduction in the fine amount. These tickets are only overturned during extenuating circumstances.
Do I Have To Pay Red Light Camera Tickets?
Yes. The owner of the vehicle is required to pay the red light ticket.
Can You Contest A Red Light Camera Ticket?
Yes. You can contest a red light camera ticket. Simply plead not guilty and request a trial. If you plan to contest a red light ticket, it’s recommended you consult a paralegal to get some expert advice about if challenging is the best option.
Do Red Light Camera Tickets Go On Your Driving Record?
No. Since there is no way to determine who was driving the vehicle, these tickets do not go on your driving record.
Do You Get Points For Red Light Camera Tickets?
No. You will not get demerits if you get a red light camera ticket. However, if you get a red light ticket by a police officer, you will receive 3 points in addition to the fine.
How Long Does It Take For A Red Light Camera Tickets To Arrive?
It can take as little as two weeks or up to eight weeks for you to receive your red light camera ticket in the mail. Most offenders receive their ticket within four weeks.
What Happens If You Ignore A Red Light Camera Ticket?
If you ignore a red light camera ticket you could have issues renewing your driver’s license, registering a vehicle, and renewing your current car registration.
Can You Beat A Red Light Camera Ticket?
It’s possible. You will be required to request a trial and provide sufficient evidence to the judge as to why your ticket should be dismissed. Beating a red light traffic ticket is not common.
Can A Red Light Camera Ticket Be Reduced?
Yes. It is possible to get your fine reduce to less than $325. You will be required to entry a plea of guilty with explanation. With this option you will be asking the court to consider the circumstances and situation surrounding the violation. If you have a strong argument, your fine could be reduced.
Are Red Light Camera Tickets Legal?
Yes. All red light cameras used in Ontario are legal.
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