Heavier Fines Issued in Community Safety Zones :
Fines vary from offence to offence, but be advised that when you are charged for an offence under the Highway Traffic Act the fines, associated with that specific offence, double in some cases, where the motorist is charged in “Community Safety Zone” or in a “Construction Zone” with the construction worker(s) working there”. Here is a chart using “speeding” as a typical charge, pursuant to the Highway Traffic Act, with the applicable schedules under Section 128:
|Section of the Highway Traffic Act Charge||Kilometres over posted speed limit||Normal set fine – Schedule “B”||Community Safety Zone Fine – Schedule “D”||Construction Zone with worker working – Schedule “F”||Speeding Photo Radar – Schedule “C” of HTA (s.128)|
|doubles the fine|
|Speeding – Section 128 – Schedules B, D and F.||1 to 19 km||$ 2.50 per kilo.over||$ 5.00 per kilo. over||$ 5.00 per kilo. over||$ 2.50 per kilo. over|
|Speeding – Section 128 – Schedules B, D and F.||20 to 29 km||$ 3.75 per kilo.over||$ 7.50 per kilo. over||$ 7.20 per kilo. over||20-34 over – $ 3.75 per kilo. over|
|Speeding – Section 128 – Schedules B, D and F.||30 to 49 km||$ 6.00 per kilo.over||No out of court settlement||No out of court settlement||35-49 over – $ 6.00 per kilo. over|
|Speeding – Section 128 – Schedules B, D and F.||50 km or over||No out of court settlement||No out of court settlement||No out of court settlement||50-60 over – $ 8.00 per kilo. over and 61 km and over – no set fine|
Municipalities generally request that a certain stretch of highway (which includes roads, streets, drives, avenues, etc) be designated as a Community Safety Zone (under the Highway Traffic Act), if traffic safety within the area is of special concern. This is especially true if there is a school, senior citizen residence, daycare, hospital or a large mall in the vicinity and accidents are bound to happen if preventative or extra measures are not put into place.
Any area that is designated as a Community Safety Zone will be dealt in a much more severe way by the courts, given that it is considered to be a public and societal safety issue. There is always a greater police presence in all identified Community Safety Zones, where police set-up radar traps at all hours and days of the week and month.
In Toronto, all areas that are defined as Community Safety Zones, are considered Community Safety Zones, 24/7, 365 days a year. Here are the highways in Toronto that are defined as Community Safety Zones in the Municipal Code.
TORONTO MUNICIPAL CODE
COMMUNITY SAFETY ZONES
SCHEDULE A TO CH. 397
COMMUNITY SAFETY ZONES
All the Streets, Avenues, Drives and Roads fall under the heading of “Highway”. The Community Safety Zone applies to both sides of every highway listed, and is in place all the time (every hour, everyday and every month – without any exceptions).
Annette Street – In the vicinity of Cecilia’s Public School between Clendenan Avenue and Runnymede Road.
Bathurst Street – Between a point 100 metres south of Greenwin Village Road and the north limit of Steeles Avenue West
Bathrust Street – Between Hounslow Avenue and Kenton Drive
Dundas Street West – Between Montgomery Road and a point 100 metres east of Old Oak Drive
East Avenue – Between Lawrence Avenue East and Island Road
Finch Avenue West – Between Goldfinch Court and Endell Avenue
Keele Street – Between Bloor Street West and Annette Street
O’Connor Drive – Between Pape Avenue and Woodbine Avenue
Parkside Drive – Between Lake Shore Boulevard West and Bloor Street West
Scarlett Road – Between St. Clair Avenue West and Eglinton Avenue West
Steeles Avenue West – Between a point 100 metres west of Carpenter Road and a point 100 metres east of Bathurst Street
Weston Road – Between Sheppard Avenue West and Finch Avenue West
Weston Road – Between Walsh Avenue and Sheppard Avenue West
See the Ontario Court of Justice – Schedule 43 under the Highway Traffic Act which cites the Set Fines for violations in a Community Safety Zone (which essentially doubles the normal fine).
See other communities in Ontario which have the special designation under the Highway Traffic Act as Community Safety Zones. See Ontario Regulation 510/99.
City of Ottawa: A red light violation in a Community Safety Zone, is a $490 fine.