Red Light Cameras

Announcement
June 26, 2015 - 3:39pm

Canada Day July 1, 2015 - What's Open and What's Closed?

All City of Hamilton administrative offices will be closed on Canada Day, Wednesday, July 1, 2015.

For emergencies involving roads, water mains, sewer systems, public health and safety issues, please call 905-546-CITY (2489).

Green Cart, Recycling and Garbage Collection

  • There will be no green bin, blue box, bulk waste, yard waste, or garbage pick-up on Wednesday, July 1.
  • Pick up will occur on the day after your regularly scheduled collection day if it falls on July 1, 2 or 3.
  • Waste must be at the curb by 7 am.

To view your collection schedule, visit www.hamilton.ca/waste.
Community Recycling Centres and Transfer Stations will be closed on Wednesday, July 1.

HSR Bus Schedules

  • The HSR will be operating on a Sunday/ Holiday Schedule on Wednesday, July 1.
  • Call HSR information at 905-527-4441 for more details.

ATS - DARTS

  • DARTS will be operating holiday service hours on Wednesday, July 1. All subscription trips on DARTS, with the exception of dialysis, are cancelled for Wednesday, July 1. If passengers need to travel on this day, they must make an advance reservation to do so.
  • ATS customer service will be closed on Wednesday, July 1.

Recreation

Hamilton Civic Museums

  • Dundurn Castle, Whitehern Historic House, Battlefield House Museum, Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology, The Hamilton Military Museum, Fieldcote Museum and Griffin House will be closed, Wednesday, July 1.
  • Dundurn National Historic Site is hosting its annual Canada Day Military Tattoo on the grounds in front of Dundurn Castle at 7 pm.
  • The Hamilton Children’s Museum is currently closed for renovations.

For more information about Civic Museums, please visit www.hamilton.ca/museums

Tourism Hamilton Visitor Information Centre

Tourism Hamilton Visitor Information Centre (Lister Building, 28 James St. N.) will be is open from 11 am to 3 pm on July 1. www.tourismhamilton.com

Hamilton Farmer’s Market Hours

  • Sunday, June 28 - Closed
  • Monday, June 29 - Closed
  • Tuesday, June 30 - 8 am to 6 pm
  • Wednesday, July 1 - closed
  • Thursday, July 2 - 8 am to 6 pm
  • Friday, July 3 - 8 am to 6 pm
  • Saturday, July 4 - 7 am to 5 pm

Hamilton Public Library

  • All branches of the Hamilton Public Library will be closed on Wednesday, July 1 for Canada Day.
  • For more information on library hours, please visit: www.hpl.ca

Public Health Services

For Public Health matters concerning:

  • Reports of suspected reportable diseases and food poisoning, call 905-546-2063
  • Reports of environmental spills, fires or other events that may be a health hazard or safety issue, call 905-546-CITY (2489)
  • Reports of rabies animal exposures, call 905-546-3500
  • Safe Water Program issues that may be a health hazard, call 905-546-CITY (2489) or visit www.hamilton.ca/safewater

Ontario Works

  • All Ontario Works offices will be closed on Wednesday, July 1, and will reopen Thursday, July 2 at 8:30 am.
  • The Employment Resource Centre located at 181 Main St. W (Career Development Centre) will be closed on Wednesday, July 1. It will be open to assist you with any employment service needs on Thursday, July 2 at 8:30 am.

Animal Services

  • The Animal Services Shelter will be closed on Wednesday, July 1.
  • For 24-hour Animal Services emergency issues, please call: 905-574-3433.

Property Tax Payments

  • During the holiday, you may submit your property tax payment into a drop box at the rear doors of City Hall, 71 Main Street West or at one of our Municipal Service Centres.
  • All Municipal Service Centres will be closed on Wednesday, July 1, and will reopen on Thursday, July 2.

The locations are:

  • Ancaster: 300 Wilson Street East (map)
  • Dundas: 60 Main St. (map)
  • Flamborough: 7 Innovation Drive, First floor (map) New - temporary location
  • Glanbrook: 4280 Binbrook Rd. (map)
  • Stoney Creek: 777 Hwy. 8 (map)

Payments may also be made anytime by mail to:

The City of Hamilton
c/o Tax Department
71 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, L8P 4Y5

Parking Violations

Online payments can be made at: www.hamilton.ca/parking

Payment of Parking Violations can be made by mail to the pre-printed address indicated on the parking tag or dropped off into the drop box at the nearest Municipal Service Centre (see addresses above) or Taxation Division (noted above). The Hamilton Municipal Parking System office at 80 Main St. West, at Summers Lane, also accepts payments for parking violations at its drop box.

Traffic Violations

Online payments can be made anytime at: www.hamilton.ca/poa

The Provincial Offences Administration Office at 45 Main St. East, 4th Floor, Suite 408 (John Sopinka) Court House will be closed on Wednesday, July 1

The Red Light Camera program is designed to:

  • modify aggressive driving behaviour
  • increase awareness of the dangers of running red lights

Running red lights is illegal. It is unsafe for motorists to enter an intersection after the signal light has turned red.

Experience suggests that the program improves road safety as evidenced by a decrease in fatal and injury collisions across the six participating municipalities.

Red light cameras do not replace police officers; they complement police efforts. The cameras are set so that only vehicles that enter an intersection after the light turns red are photographed. Vehicles that enter on green or amber lights are not photographed. Motorists already in an intersection when the signal changes to red (waiting to turn) are not red light runners.

If the red light camera is flashing and taking photos while the light is green, technicians are checking the camera hardware and changing the film. Tickets are not issued for vehicles going through on a green light.

The City of Hamilton installs and operates red light cameras, but the Province handles enforcement and violations.

Trained officers review every picture taken by the red light cameras to verify vehicle information and ensure that the vehicle is in violation. Tickets are mailed only in cases where it is clear that the vehicle ran the red light. The registered license plate holder receives the ticket, regardless of who was driving the vehicle. Tickets are typically mailed by the Province within four weeks of the offence. 

The fine for running a red light detected by a camera system or a police officer is $260, plus a $60 victim surcharge and $5 for costs for a total of $325. Failing to stop for a red light where a police officer issues a ticket results in three demerit points.

If you have questions about your ticket, call the Courthouse at 905-540-5592.

 In consultation with the Privacy Commissioner, every attempt has been made to minimize capturing members of the public in the photos. If members of the public are inadvertently captured on film, it will not be possible to identify them from the photos on the tickets.