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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

Photo Enforcement

Photo Radar

Why do we need photo radar?

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.


What is photo radar?

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.

Where will photo radar be used?

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.

What do I do if I get a ticket?

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.

What if I was not driving my car?
If you are the registered owner of the car, and someone else was driving your car, you are required to complete the Certificate of Innocence and mail it along with a legible photocopy of the front and back of 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 the driver’s license photo matches the violation photo, the citation will be re-issued.

What if the citation is issued to my business or public agency?

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.

Is this just another way for the Government to make money?

 No. All of the money received from the tickets is used to pay for the Photo Radar Program.

If I have a question about speeding or photo radar, who do I call?

Photo Radar questions will be answered by calling 503-221-0415 or 1-800-799-7082.

What if I have questions regarding my court date and/or payments?

Read the back of the citation, and then if you still have questions, call the Circuit Court:
Portland 503-988-3235
Gresham 503-988-3199, then dial zero (0) for the operator.

How can I view larger versions of the photos?

The color photo on your letter is a digital reproduction of the color photo taken of your
vehicle. To view the photographs in larger format, please visit the following website:
http://www.public.cite-web.com and enter the citation number and PIN provided in the
letter.

 

Red Light Cameras

What are Red Light Cameras?

A red light camera system is connected to the traffic signal and to sensors buried in the pavement at the crosswalk or stop line. The system continuously monitors the traffic signal; the camera is triggered by any vehicle passing over the sensors after the signal has turned red. A second photograph is taken that shows the red light violator in the intersection. The camera records the date, time of day, time elapsed since the beginning of the red signal and the speed of the vehicle.

When do I get any warning that a camera is in operation?

There are signs posted on all major streets at the city limits, and prior to each camera-enforced intersection.

What is red light running?

A violation occurs when a motorist enters an intersection after the signal light has turned red. Going through a yellow light in the State of Oregon is a violation if you can stop in time. Motorists inadvertently in an intersection when the signal changes to red -- when waiting to turn, for example -- aren't red light runners.

What do I do if I get a ticket?

A Red Light Camera ticket is not different from any other red light ticket. You can pay the fine or appear in court. Your options are listed in the letter you receive with your red light camera citation, and are also listed on the back of your citation.

Is it legal to go through a red light because a large vehicle like a semi-truck or bus blocked my view of the traffic light?

No. You must stay at enough distance behind a large vehicle for you to be able to see the traffic light, and for you to be able to come to a complete stop at the appropriate stopping point of the intersection.

What if I was not driving my car?

If you are the registered owner of the car, and someone else was driving your car, you are required to complete the Certificate of Innocence and mail it along with a legible photocopy of the front and back of 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 the violation photo, citation will be re-issued.

What if the citation is issued to my business or public agency?

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.

Is this just another way for the Government to make money?

No. All of the money the City of Portland receives from the tickets is used to pay for the Red Light Camera Program.

If I have a question about Red Light cameras or Traffic complaints, who do I call?

Photo Enforcement questions will be answered by calling 503-221-0415 or 1-800-799- 7082.

What if I have questions about a court date, fines or payments after reading the citation?

Call the Multnomah County Circuit Court at:

Portland 503-988-3235

Gresham 503-988-3199

Then dial zero (0) for operator.

What do I do if the photo is not clear?

The photos in the violation letter are reproductions of the digital color photos taken of the vehicle. To see larger photos – as well as a video of the violation – go to the website http://www.public.cite-web.com and enter the citation number and PIN provided in the letter.

For information about Fixed Speed camera enforcement, visit the PBOT website.