Photo Enforcement Goals
The goal of Beaverton’s photo enforcement program is to increase the safety and quality of life for Beaverton residents by reducing incidence of two of the most dangerous violations that occur in Beaverton; red light running and speeding. Disobeying a Traffic Control Device (ORS 811.265) and Violating a Speed Limit (ORS 811.111) are both violations that have been identified as primary crash contributing behaviors. The city partners with our vendor to monitor four intersections within the city for red light violations and to monitor surface streets for speeding violations utilizing advanced digital photo enforcement technology.
Photo Speed Enforcement
Photo speed enforcement is accomplished utilizing a state-of-the-art digital technology photo enforcement van. The photo enforcement van is plainly marked with graphics indicating its mission. The program utilizes photo enforcement officers on a rotating schedule. Deployments are scheduled and made based on complaints, citizen/neighborhood requests, traffic flow/crash data, and officer input. When the van’s equipment detects a passing vehicle traveling faster than the posted speed limit, the van will generate a photo speed “incident.” Images of the vehicle, driver and plate will be “captured;” these images will be later downloaded, screened by our vendor, and then mailed ONLY AFTER they have been reviewed and authorized by the officer that captured the images.
Our photo enforcement programs have helped reduce the incidence of primary crash contributing behaviors, while at the same time freeing up our traffic officers to work other issues.
Photo Red Light Enforcement
In January 2001, the City of Beaverton initiated a photo red light program to help alleviate the problem of red light running. In a survey conducted in March 2001, red light running was ranked as the greatest traffic concern of Beaverton residents. 85% of Beaverton residents responded that they were concerned about drivers not stopping for red lights in their neighborhood or city.
Local governments lack sufficient resources to adequately enforce traffic signal laws without photo red light enforcement. The most obvious problem is that police officers cannot be everywhere at once. It is simply impossible for officers to continuously monitor an intersection with the uninterrupted focus of a photo red light camera. Another important consideration is the potential danger associated with police officers following red light runners through heavily congested intersections. The pursuit of red light runners can pose a serious risk for motorists, pedestrians, and police officers. Assuming it was feasible to safely enforce an intersection, it would take at least three full time officers to enforce an intersection for one shift and this cannot be maintained 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Obviously the cost would exceed the City’s opportunity to responsibly enforce one intersection using traditional methods. Photo red light enforcement is safer and more efficient and cost effective than traditional methods of intersection enforcement.
Intersections that are currently equipped with functioning camera systems are:
- SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway at SW Griffith Drive
- SW Walker Road at SW Cedar Hills Boulevard
- SW Scholls Ferry Road at SW Hall Boulevard
- SW Allen Boulevard at SW Lombard Avenue
All equipped intersections are fully signed indicating they are photo enforced. Violations are captured ONLY IF a vehicle crosses the first line of the crosswalk entering the intersection AFTER the signal has turned full red. This only occurs after the signal has cycled through a FULL yellow phase as well. Violations are then screened by our vendor to ensure that they meet city standards. They are authorized for mail delivery ONLY AFTER they are reviewed and digitally signed by a Beaverton Police Department photo enforcement officer.
The fine for running a red light is $265 and is the same as any hand delivered citation for the same offense.