Safer Intersections Coming to Tigard in Summer 2019
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.
In 2019, the Tigard Police will begin using photo enforcement to make intersections along Pacific Highway (99W) safer for motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists. High-resolution images will capture vehicles entering an intersection during a red light. The City of Beaverton reported a 36% reduction in red light violations and a 41% reduction in injury crashes during a ten-year period of photo traffic enforcement. Tigard expects similar results.
Three Intersections Chosen
Tigard Police considered 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 configuation 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 intersctions have seen a decline in red light violations and injury crashes.
Tigard motorists may see initial testing of the equipment as early as August 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.