Speedtraps in the Greater Toronto Area (the “GTA”)
Gardiner Expressway, Don Valley Parkway
The Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway is patrolled by the Toronto police dept they have a number of late model Cameros the are white with bars on top and commonly lurk in the on ramps just past the Kingsway entrance, and Jarvis St on-ramps along the Gardiner, in the center medians on the DVP. In Toronto on the Don Valley Parkway southbound, south of the Bloor St. exit, ONE radar gun on the shoulder radios ahead to 5 or 6 officers waiting just ahead. Will permit a speed of 100 km/H in the 90 zone but will stop at 101KPH.
Highway 400, Langstaff Bridge
Hwy 400 southbound in the (relatively) new collector lanes. A motorcycle traffic unit sits under the Langstaff bridge, where he is cleverly hidden in the shadows. Very few vehicles use these lanes and Officer has a clear shot most of the time. Personally get nailed doing 133 in a 100 zone.
Highway 400, at Highway 401
As it turns into Black Creek Drive the speed limit drops from 100 km/h to 80 km/h. O.P.P sit in the center of the hwy dividers just south of the 401 overpass.
Highway 400, Vaughan
Exit 33, for Rutherford and Langstaff Roads. One officer sits up on bridge and uses a LIDAR gun (Kustom Signals Pro Laser II) to clock cars, then radios ahead to 4-8 cars waiting on inside lane’s shoulder.
Steeles Ave & Jane St
Steeles Ave. West @ Jane St. Cruisers park in the UPS day entrance just east of Jane and catch motorcycles and cars racing away from lights at Jane. Also, they catch cars coming down the hill westbound (from Keele). Cruisers are completely hidden and often stack several chase vehicles in the parking lot/entance driveway to the UPS building. (This entrance is closed all night to vehicle traffic.)
Dufferin St, Highway 7
Dufferin St. north from Hwy 7 is very hilly and provides literally dozens of excellent trap spots in a very short distance. The York Region Police force uses ghost Caprices and an associate has reported seeing a RED Cavalier with a radar.
Mississauga – overview
Western suburb of Toronto; will be the only western suburb after Greater Toronto is amalgamated. Police: Peel Regional, Div 11 & 12 Marked Cars: Generally white cruisers with Christmas trees on top, blue stripes. Almost entirely Ford Crown Vics and Chevy Caprices. Unmarked cars: Usually Ford Tempos; rarely white, often dark blue or red. Often older (square) Chevy Caprices in dark colours, esp blue. Some reports of Ford Contours and older Chevy Cavaliers. Methods: Mostly Radar, often moving, instant-on. Laser tends to be tripod mounted, sometimes mounted on a rifle stock, occasionally seen affixed to roof of static car (pre-aimed).
Mississauga, Highway 10 / Hurontario Street
The main N-S street in Missisauga. Between Burnhamthorpe (main E-W St) and Hwy 401, often cruising unmarked cars doing radar speed checks while in traffic. Between Burnhamthorpe and QEW, some of the above, but often standing LIDAR units at side of street, in gas stations, etc.
Mississauga, Eglinton Ave.
LIDAR as above, and both static and roving radar in unmarked cars.
Mississauga, Lakeshore Blvd.
This is a favourite area for making money. Speed limits change suddenly and frequently between 50 km/h (30 mph) and 70 km/h (roughly 45 mph). Unmarked cars with static radar and crusing in traffic. This is also a favourite area for Metro Toronto cops where this street runs through Etobicoke. Not worth speeding here.
Mississauga, Erin Mills Road
between 403 & 401. All methods – loads of impromptu racing on wide street.
Mississauga, Square One Shopping Centre
New as yet unnamed street running parallel to 403 on its south side, just north of Square One Shopping Centre. Frequent use of LIDAR, aimed especially at those exiting onto this street from Mavis Ave and 403 Eastbound at Mavis.
Mississauga, Burnhamthorpe Road
Between Hwy 10 (Hurontario) and Mill Road. Usual method is statiic speed traps in marked cars or moving speed patrol in unmarked cars.
Mississauga, Mississauga Road
Between QEW & Burnhamthorpe, especially around Dundas Street. Marked and unmarked, static and roving. Almost always radar.
Mississauga, Derry Road
Between Dixie Road and Airport Road. Again, frequent and sudden speed changes, mostly from 80 km/h to 60 km/h to 50 km/h. All types of cars, Laser and Radar. Not worth speeding here.
Highway 403 between Q.E.W. Highway and Winston Churchill Blvd. – Ontario Provincial Police set up hand-held laser radar in both directions during the daylight hours in ‘off’ rush-hour periods. They start issuing summonses at 10 km/h over the posted limit
Because it’s a toll highway, people are reluctant to pay to drive on it, so it is usually almost empty. As a result, some have taken to test driving their new Porches on this stretch of brand new highway. They find out, only too late, that the highway is not empty after all, but the boys in blue are there, waiting for you.
Bayview & Lawrence
Located at Bayview & Lawrence, heading south on Bayview Ave. towards Lawrence Ave. the road takes a blind turn onto a bridge. Just at the turn the road turns it changes from a 60 km/h zone to a 50 Kp/h. They hide before the onramp to Lawrence Ave. Heading north on Bayview from Lawrence Ave. they hide in the driveway of Crescent School. It’s usually 1 or 2 officers, in marked cars or bikes. The trap is used usually on the weekends
On John Street, between Bayview Ave. and Don Mills Rd. I have seen cops in every side street and behind every bunch of bushes. Their favorite places along this stretch of road: In the parking lot of the Fire Dept. For some reason, people don’t realize that there’s a cop with a radar gun in the car, I guess people figure he’s visiting his fire buddies. At the top of the hill near Don Mills, there is a tiny parking lot for people who want to walk down in the ravine. If you are eastbound, you don’t see the cop there until your past him. They especially like to be out in early September when the kiddies are heading back to school.
Bathurst St, north of Toronto
On Bathurst St. between Carville Rd. & Bloomington Side Rd. Lots of Farmers fields with hidden entrances.
On Wilson, heading both directions west of Avenue Rd., police will station themselves in a municipal pumping station driveway. The road is bordered by the 401, so drivers let loose, and the cops will pull you over DAY and NIGHT! They start pulling over at 70 km/h (50 limit). Toronto police only, White Crown Vics with light bars on top. At night, their reflective tape can help you spot them.