Photo red-light cameras kick on Wednesday at Hall Boulevard/Highway 99W
The City of Tigard is switching on its first red-light camera Wednesday, Jan. 8, at one of the most accident-heavy intersections in the city.
On Wednesday, Conduent State and Local Solutions Inc., will go live with the city's first-ever photo traffic enforcement at the intersection of Highway 99W and Hall Boulevard, the caveat being that there will be a 30-day grace period for violators.
Two other intersections will follow with cameras turned on at Highway 99W and Durham Road on Jan. 13, followed by Highway 99W and 72nd Avenue on Jan. 17.
"Once they turn on, each intersection will allow 30 days warning period just to allow motorists to become accustomed to these changes," said Jim Wolf, spokesman for the Tigard Police Department. "But once the 30 days has expired, the citations will be mailed."
Those citations will result in a $262 fine.
The city has been talking about installation of such cameras for years and is believed to be one of the last large jurisdictions in the Portland-metro area to use such equipment.
In September 2018, the Tigard City Council approved entering into a $2.1 million contract with Conduent State and Local Solutions Inc. for the cameras.
"It's all on the premise we have dangerous intersections in Tigard," said Wolf. "And the number of crashes certainly validate that."
Tigard officials have said that "photo enforcement leads to fewer violations, reduced fatalities and injuries as a result of intersection crashes."
Last year, a police lieutenant explained that motorist receiving a citation in the mail will receive four photographs of the alleged violation as well as a link where they can view a 12-second video of the incident. A police officer will review the photographs and video as well.
That same lieutenant explained that once a light turns red along Pacific Highway -- and the cross street light turns green -- an additional .1 second of time will be added before the camera is triggered to photograph the motorist who goes through a red light.
Working on the assumption that the cameras are turned on as planned, citations will begin being written on Feb. 10 for Highway 99W and Hall Boulevard, Feb. 13 for Highway 99W and Durham Road, and Feb. 17 for Highway 99W and 72nd Avenue.
Violations by the numbers
Last year, Tigard police released the following data regarding red-light violations and accidents that occurred between 2012 and 2016:
Highway 99W and Hall Boulevard: 72 crashes; 1,334 monthly red-light violations.
Highway 99W and 72nd Avenue: 42 crashes; 239 monthly red-light violations.
Highway 99W and Durham Road: 40 crashes; 1,448 monthly red-light violations.
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