Tigard Police will soon begin administering photo traffic enforcement for the City of Tigard. Crash data obtained from numerous Tigard intersections strongly supports the need to change driver behavior. Extreme traffic volumes, injury crashes, coupled with limited police resources have led Tigard to this decision.
The City has been researching and discussing Photo Traffic Enforcement (PTE) since 2010. In September, Tigard City Council approved a vendor who will be providing the hardware and technology to implement photo traffic enforcement in Tigard.
The decision to implement the technology in Tigard is based upon numerous factors.
- Statistics that indicated a concerning numbers of traffic crashes at certain intersections.
- Findings that many drivers are not stopping for red lights and are speeding through signaled intersections.
- The preceding two factors and others have a direct correlation to traffic crashes.
- When Tigard residents were polled, they overwhelmingly supported the use of photo traffic enforcement.
- Limited police resources available to respond to extreme traffic volumes and injury crashes.
- Neighboring cities have seen a decline in injury crashes at intersections where photo enforcement has been installed. Many neighboring communities have been using the technology; some began using it as early as 2001.
The process to begin using photo traffic technology in Tigard has spanned eight years. In those years, there has been significant in-depth reviews and studies conducted in effort to determine the feasibility of the program in Tigard. The information obtained was used to determine where the photo enforcement should be installed.
Tigard Police will now seek approval from ODOT to install the cameras at the three identified intersections along Pacific Highway (99W): Hall Boulevard, 72nd Avenue, and Durham Road.
If the process moves along as expected, Tigard motorists will see initial testing of the equipment as early as January 2019. There will be a significant public educational campaign as the program is phased-in. Any questions regarding photo traffic enforcement can be emailed to: email@example.com. Follow the Tigard Police on Facebook and Twitter for the latest information on Photo Traffic Enforcement.
Why Photo Enforcement?
Neighboring cities have seen a decline in injury crashes at intersections where photo enforcement has been installed. A recent milestone in the project was attained on Tuesday, September 25, when Tigard City Council approved a vendor who will be providing the hardware and technology to implement photo traffic enforcement in Tigard.
Photo traffic enforcement is not new to the area. Many neighboring communities have been using the technology; some began using it as early as 2001. The process to begin using photo traffic enforcement in Tigard has spanned eight years. The following timeline indicates the depth of review and consideration regarding the feasibility and implementation of the program:
- August 2010 – At the direction of City Council, the Police Department presented an informational briefing for photo red light enforcement.
- June 2015 - Council directed the Police Department (PD) to conduct a traffic study on the feasibility of implementing a photo red light program.
- November 2015 - The PD worked with a photo red light vendor to complete a study at four (4) locations along Pacific Highway.
- August 2016 - The traffic survey and staff report were submitted to Council for consideration. Council directed staff to determine the public's level of support.
- January 2017 - A photo red light question was included as part of a larger community survey.
- February 2017 – Tigard community survey results were released – 62% of respondents approved of photo traffic enforcement.
- April 2017 – Police provided the results of the citizen survey to City Council along with a request to move forward with photo traffic enforcement.
- May 2017 – Police staff reported to Council, recommending implementation.
- February 2018 – The Police Department worked toward selecting a vendor for program implementation; a second traffic survey is completed which confirmed site selection.
- July 2018 - A full Request for Proposal (RFP) process was initiated.
- August 2018 – The RFP process identifies Conduent as the top vendor.
- September 18, 2018: City Council reviews the implementation plan to begin using photo enforcement technology.
- September 25, 2018: City Council votes to award Photo Enforcement Systems and Related Services Contract.
The next significant step will be the application process to obtain approval from ODOT to install the cameras at the three identified intersections along Pacific Highway (99W):
- 72nd Avenue
- Hall Boulevard
- Durham Road
If the series of steps moves along as expected, Tigard motorists may begin to see initial testing of the equipment as early as January 2019. There will be a significant educational campaign in alignment with the program as it is phased-in. During this process, Tigard Police has established a mechanism to answer any questions the public may have. An email address has been established to respond to questions and concerns: AskTigardPolice@tigard-or.gov