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Police Bureau

Sworn to protect. Dedicated to serve.

Phone: 503-823-0000

Fax: 503-823-0342

Non-Emergency: 503-823-3333

1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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Red Light Cameras

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The Portland Red Light Camera Program became operational in October 2001.

The City chose locations for red light cameras based on data showing the worst

intersections for Red Light Running, as well as information relating to crashes.


Q: Why did I get this citation?

A vehicle, registered or leased to you, was photographed by an automatic camera connected to a traffic signal, that is only active when the light is red. Vehicles crossing the stop bar after the light turns red are detected automatically and two photographs are taken.  Superimposed on each photograph is the date, time, location and the time into the red signal when the violation occurred. Details of the violation appear on the Notice of Traffic Infraction. A Oregon Uniform Citation and Complaint has been filed in Multnomah Circuit Court.

Q: How can I find out information about this Citation?

Information about this violation is shown on the enclosed Citation mailed to you.  There is also information on the data block at the top of violation image photo on the front of your violation letter.


Q: How could I see a photo of the violation?


If you would like to view the photograph or have any questions about your violation letter, please call 503-221-0415 (outside of the Portland Metropolitan Area, call 1-800-799-7082), between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Q: What can I do if I was not driving?

If you were notdriving the vehicle at the time of the violation, you may do one of the following:

1. Schedule an appointment with the Portland Police Bureau to establish that you were not the driver of the vehicle. To schedule and appointment to view the photo, call

503-221-0415(outside the Portland Metropolitan area call 1-800-799-7082) between the hours of 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. You will need to bring your drivers license or other photo identification to the appointment. If you were not the driver at the time the offense occurred, the citation against you will be dismissed.

2. Fill out the enclosed Certificate of Innocence that came in the mail with your violation letter. Using the enclosed envelope, send the Certificate and a legible photocopy of your drivers license (Front and Back), to Circuit Court, P.O. Box 114, Portland, OR 97207 by the court date to report that you were not the driver of the vehicle at the time of the violation. If you were not the driver at the time the offense occurred, the citation against you
will be dismissed.