How intersection safety works
You commit a red-light violation when your vehicle enters the intersection after the light has turned red.
You commit a speed violation when your vehicle passes through an intersection above the limit on a red, yellow or green light.
How the cameras work
If your vehicle enters the intersection after the light turns red, the camera will take three photos. The first shows the vehicle before it enters the intersection and the light is red. The second shows the vehicle in the intersection and the light is red. The third shows the licence plate. The camera records the date and time of the photos. The camera will only take photos when the light is red.
If you’re waiting to make a left turn and you are already in the intersection when the light turns red, the camera will not take a photograph.
Some intersections also have automated speed enforcement cameras. Your vehicle will be photographed if it enters one going over the speed limit on a red, yellow or green light.
How tickets are issued
Two Intersection Safety Camera Program officers will examine the photos. If they each separately decide an offence took place, the registered owner will receive a violation ticket for a red light offence under section 129(1) of the Motor Vehicle Act or for a speeding offence under section 146(1)(3)(5)(7) or 148(1) of the Motor Vehicle Act.
If you entered the intersection after the light has turned red and you were over the speed limit, you might receive two violation tickets; one for running a red light and the other for speeding.
We will mail you your violation ticket. If it’s returned undelivered, it will be served on you in person by a process server. A process server is a third-party company paid to serve tickets.
Did you know?
The province transfers ticket fine revenue to municipalities to support policing and public safety programs.