Red light cameras are now on the watch along Pacific Highway at the Hall Boulevard and SW 72 Avenue intersections.
A 30-day warning period for the Hall Boulevard intersection began Jan. 10, and citations for red-light violations there are slated to start Feb. 11. The fine for red-light violations is $265, according to the Tigard Police Department. For the intersection at SW 72 Avenue, the warning period will run through Feb. 25, with citations beginning Feb. 26.
The cameras will capture high-resolution images of vehicles that enter the intersection during a red light, according to the police department, which says that the aim of photo enforcement is to increase safety for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians along Pacific Highway. During warning periods, drivers who violate red-light traffic laws will receive letters notifying them of the violation. After that, they will receive citations in the mail, along with photos and a link to video footage of the violation occurring.
Cameras had been installed at the intersection of Pacific Highway and Durham Road as of late January, according to a police press release. But, due to technical issues, the department was uncertain when those cameras would go live.
According to stats provided by the police department, there are 1,334 monthly red light violations at 99W and Hall, 1,448 at 99W and Durham and 239 at 99W and 72nd.
A 2017 survey found that 62 percent of respondents supported photo enforcement in Tigard. Nearby, Beaverton and Sherwood use photo enforcement.