Photo red-light cameras switched on at Highway 99W/72nd Avenue
Photo traffic enforcement for red-light violations is now live at a second intersection in Tigard: Southwest 72nd Avenue and Highway 99W, also known as Pacific Highway.
Warning letters will be mailed to motorists violating red-light traffic laws at this intersection for the next 30 days. After the warning period concludes, citations will be issued for violations, starting on Feb. 26, according to Tigard Police Department officials.
This is the second of three intersections to go live with the cameras. The first was Highway 99W at Hall Boulevard where cameras were turned on Jan. 10. A 30-day grace period ends on Feb. 11 when citations for red-light violations will be issued.
The city installed cameras to make intersections safer for motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists, according to a news release.
These intersections were chosen based on a number of criteria, including violations and crashes.
While camera equipment has been installed at Highway 99W and Durham Road, the "go-live" date is unknown due to technical issues that are unrelated to the photo enforcement equipment and installation.
Photo traffic enforcement generates high-resolution photos and videos of an incident that Tigard Police Officers will review to confirm that a red-light violation has occurred. Citations mailed to motorists will include photos and a link to video footage for the recipient to review. The citation amount for these violations is $265.
In addition, the equipment at these intersections has the capability to monitor speeding violations, which will considered in the near future.
Traffic safety is a priority for the City of Tigard, according to police officials, and running red lights has been identified as the leading cause of urban crashes according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Police administrators have said there are not enough officers to enforce red-light violations at every dangerous intersection in the city and Tigard expects to see significant reductions in red-light violations similiar to the experiences of neighboring jurisdictions using this technology.
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