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Phone: 503-823-0000

Fax: 503-823-0342

Non-Emergency: 503-823-3333

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

Photo Radar Q&A

Photo Radar: Questions and Answers

Q: Why do we need photo radar?
A: The number one traffic complaint among neighborhood residents is speeding. Why are residents so concerned? Because speeding cars threaten the safety of our children and compromise the livability of our neighborhoods.

Q: What is photo radar?
A: Photo radar is simply another way to enforce speed laws. It is operated from a marked police van by a trained Police Officer. Photo radar combines a camera, radar and a reader board that displays the speed of each passing vehicle. If a speeding car is detected, a picture is taken of the driver and license plate. The registered owner of the speeding vehicle then receives a ticket in the mail. The camera can take two photos every second. Cars traveling with the flow of traffic are not singled out.

Q: Where will photo radar be used?
A: By law, photo radar can be used on any street or roadway within the City that has a demonstrated history of the negative impact of speeding.

Q: What do I do if I get a ticket?
A: A photo radar ticket is not different from any other speeding ticket. You can pay the fine or appear in court. Your options are listed in the letter you receive with your photo radar citation. Your options are also listed on the back of your citation.

Q: What if I was not driving my car?
A: If you are the registered owner of the car, and someone else was driving your car, you are required to fill out a Certificate of Innocence and mail it along with a legible photocopy of the front and back your driver's license in the envelope provided. The ticket will be dismissed if all required information is provided on the Certificate of Innocence. However, if driver's license photo matches violation photo, citation will be re-issued.

Q: What if the citation is issued to my business or public agency?
A: Oregon Law authorizes the citation issued to your business or public agency to be dismissed if you complete the Affidavit of Non-Liability identifying the driver.

Q: Is this just another way for the Government to make money?
A: No. All of the money received from the tickets is used to pay for the photo radar program.

Q: If I have a question about speeding or photo radar, who do I call?
A: Photo Radar questions will be answered by City of Portland personnel at 503-823-2226.

Q: What if I have questions regarding my court date and/or payments?
A: Read the back of the citation, then if you still have questions, call the Circuit Court:
Portland 503-988-3233
Gresham 503-988-3199
Then dial zero (0) for operator.

Q: How soon can I make an appointment to view my photograph?
A: Appointments are typically scheduled two weeks from the date of your request, call the 1-800-799-7082 number from the cover letter to schedule an appointment.

Q: What do I do if the photo is not clear?
A: The black and white photo on your letter is a digital reproduction of the color photo taken of your vehicle. If you would like to view the original photograph or get more information, call 1-800-799-7082 to schedule an appointment.