The Beaverton City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night approving the use of photo red light cameras to cite motorists making right hand turns on red lights. The Beaverton Police Department will begin issuing violations this January 1. The extension of the red light program does allow for a 30 day educational period before issuing citations commencing on February 1.
According to the Beaverton Police Department, the purpose is to increase traffic safety efforts of pedestrians, bicyclists and other motorists. Primarily, at the following designated locations:
1. Beaverton Hillsdale Highway and Griffith Drive;
2. Hall Boulevard and Scholls Ferry Road;
3. Cedar Hills Boulevard and Walker Road; and
4. SW Allen Boulevard and Lombard Avenue.
The City of Beaverton initiated the Photo Red Light Enforcement Program in 2001. The goal of the program was to capture and then issue citations to motorists running red lights at designated intersections. Then, in 2008, the cameras were upgraded to a digital format, allowing the cameras to capture motorists that do not make a complete stop at a red light prior to making a right-hand turn. To date, this feature has not been implemented.