OTTAWA -- The City of Ottawa is being forced to slow down the launch of photo radar.

The Transportation Committee was told on Wednesday that new regulations approved by the Ontario Government requires the city to post warning signs for 90 days before the automated speed enforcement devices are installed in each location.

Staff told Councillors that means it will be March before the photo radar devices will be installed.

Signs in English and French will be posted at the proposed locations for the photo radar devices, saying “Municipal Speed Camera Coming Soon.” When the cameras are installed, the municipality must install signs informing drivers that a municipal speed camera is in use.

Ontario is allowing municipalities to install photo radar in elementary school and community safety zones under the Safer Schools Zones Act. It permits speed cameras in community safety zones with speed limits lower than 80 kilometres per hour.

Council has approved 12 school zone locations for photo radar devices.

The locations for the cameras include: 

  • Watters Road (St. Francis of Assisi School)
  • Longfields Drive (École élémentaire catholique Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau, St. Mother Teresa High School and Longfields-Davidson Heights Secondary School)
  • Bayshore Drive (St. Rose of Lima School)
  • Meadowlands Drive West (St. Gregory School)
  • Ogilvie Road (Gloucester High School)
  • Smyth Road (Vincent Massey Public School, Hillcrest High School and École secondaire catholique Franco-Cité)
  • Innes Road (École secondaire catholique Béatrice-Desloges)
  • Katimavik Road (Holy Trinity Catholic High Schoo