Red Light Cameras

A red light running camera is a type of traffic enforcement camera that captures an image of a vehicle that enters an intersection in spite of the traffic signal indicating red (during red phase). The camera automatically takes two photos of the vehicle: one entering and one proceeding through the intersection. The photo is evidence that assists authorities to enforce traffic laws. Generally, the camera is triggered by movement of a vehicle as it passes the stop bar after the associated signal has turned red.

The key reasons why municipalities have installed red light cameras are to change driver behaviour, reduce angled collisions and increase safety.

The red light camera program, while new in 2021 to the City of Windsor, is a program that has been in effect in municipalities in Ontario since 1998. As of the fall of 2021, the City of Windsor will be operating red light cameras at 10 intersections throughout the city. Locations were selected based on recorded collisions and the geometric configuration and ability of the cameras to be installed.

Truths and Myths About Red Light Cameras:

  • Motorists already in an intersection when the signal changes to red will not be ticketed. This includes those drivers who pass the stop bar while the green or amber signal is illuminated. Only those who cross the stop bar while the red signal is illuminated will be ticketed.
  • Red light cameras do not replace police officers. The red light cameras are used to complement police efforts in preventing motorists from running a red light.
  • The registered licence plate holder of the vehicle will receive the ticket, regardless of who is driving the vehicle.
  • Red light cameras are able to ticket right-turning vehicles that do not come to a complete stop on a red light.
  • Photograph images of the vehicles are taken from the rear of the vehicle, and therefore no persons are identified in the photos. The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner was consulted during the pilot development to ensure privacy concerns were minimized.

Intersections Where Red Light Cameras Are Located:

  1. Wyandotte Street East at Goyeau Street
  2. University Avenue West at Crawford Avenue
  3. Erie Street East at Goyeau Street
  4. Howard Avenue at E.C. Row Expressway eastbound off ramp
  5. Huron Church Road at Tecumseh Road West
  6. Eugenie Street East at McDougall Street
  7. McHugh Street at Clover Avenue
  8. Wyandotte Street at Ouellette Avenue
  9. Ouellette Avenue at Giles Boulevard
  10. Seminole Street at Central Avenue

Information on paying or disputing your provincial offence can be found on the City of Windsor's Provincial Offences page.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Will I get a ticket for turning right at a light if I don't stop?

Yes. Under the Highway Traffic Act, a vehicle is required to come to a complete stop when approaching a red light at a signalized intersection before proceeding. A vehicle may receive a red light running ticket if it does not come to a complete stop before proceeding.

If I am in the intersection waiting to turn left, will I get a ticket?

If a vehicle is stopped past the stop bar waiting for a gap in traffic, it will not receive a ticket for turning on a yellow light. However, if the vehicle passes the stop bar after the light turns red, a ticket will be issued.

What is the ticket value?

Tickets for running red lights are $325.

Who receives the ticket for a red light violation?

The registered plate holder of the vehicle will receive the ticket regardless of who was driving.

How does the camera work?

The camera is activated by the traffic signal controller when the signal turns red in a given direction. If the signal is red, the camera will be triggered by the motion of a vehicle as it approaches the intersection. If the vehicle passes the stop bar, the camera will take pictures of the vehicle at a specified interval, and if the vehicle proceeded through the intersection, a ticket will be issued.

Diagram of camera process, as detailed below

Image #1 - The first image records the vehicle behind the violation point while the light is red.

Image #2 - The second image records the vehicle proceeding through the intersection while the light is red. 

Traffic Operations Division
1269 Mercer Street
Windsor, Ontario
Canada
N8X 0A9
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., holidays excepted.

Phone: For general information, call 311. For detailed inquiries, call (519) 255-6293.
Email: 311@citywindsor.ca