Photo Red Light Update
Citations for red-light violations are being issued at the following intersections:
Watch Your Speed Along SW Pacific Highway
Beginning July 1, 2020, the photo enforcement system, already operating at intersections along SW Pacific Highway (99W) in Tigard, will begin capturing speed violations at two locations:
- SW Pacific Highway and 72nd Avenue
- SW Pacific Highway and Hall Boulevard
These are two of three intersections where photo enforcement already monitors for red-light violations.
Photo traffic enforcement was installed along SW Pacific Highway to make the roadway safer for motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists. “Safety is the reason we are adding speed enforcement,” says Tigard Police Lieutenant Charlton. “We know that speed is a factor at intersections where you have red light violations as cars speed up to beat red lights.”
Presumptive fines for speeding violations range from $115 to $440 as set by the Oregon Revised Statute 153.019:
- Class A: $440 – 31mph + over speed limit
- Class B: $265 – 21-30 mph over speed limit
- Class C: $165 – 11-20 mph over speed limit
- Class D: $115—1-10 mph over speed limit
Photo Traffic Enforcement for Red-Light Violations in Tigard
Photo traffic enforcement for red-light violations has been installed at the following three intersections along SW Pacific Highway (99W) to make the roadway safer for motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists:
- SW 72nd Avenue and Pacific Highway (99W)
- SW Hall Boulevard and Pacific Highway (99W)
- SW Durham Road and Pacific Highway (99W)
Following a warning period at each intersection, citations are now being issued to drivers who run red lights at all of the above locations.
Photo traffic enforcement generates high-resolution photos and videos of an incident. Tigard Police Officers review all potential violations to confirm that an actual 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, the base fine set by the State of Oregon. If the recipient wants to contest a violation, they may contact Tigard Municipal Court for options.
Traffic safety is a priority for the City of Tigard. Running red-lights has been identified as the leading cause of urban crashes according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Currently, there are not enough police officers to enforce red-light violations at every dangerous intersection in Tigard. Photo enforcement is one of the tools the City of Tigard is using to make driving in the city safer.
By instituting photo enforcement, Tigard expects to see significant reductions in red-light violations similar to the experiences of neighboring jurisdictions using this technology.
The equipment at these intersections has the capability to monitor speeding violations, which will be considered in the near future.
Three Intersections Chosen
Tigard Police considered a number of criteria including crash and violation data in selecting these intersections along Pacific Highway (99W): 72nd Avenue, Hall Boulevard, and Durham Road
The City has been researching Photo Traffic Enforcement (PTE) since 2010. The decision to implement the technology in Tigard is based upon the following factors:
- Statistics indicate a concerning number of traffic crashes at certain intersections.
- Studies reveal that many drivers are running red lights and are speeding through these signaled intersections. These driving behaviors have a direct correlation to traffic crashes.
- The majority of Tigard residents who responded to a poll supported the use of photo traffic enforcement.
- Tigard Police are challenged by the configuration of these selected intersections and have limited resources available to enforce traffic violations there.
- Neighboring cities that have been using photo traffic enforcement technology at intersections have seen a decline in red light violations and injury crashes.
Any questions regarding photo traffic enforcement can be emailed to: AskTigardPolice@tigard-or.gov. Follow the Tigard Police on Facebook and Twitter for the latest information on Photo Traffic Enforcement.