MEDFORD, Ore. — Some stoplights in Medford have been equipped to punish drivers who run red lights for some time. Now, those same lights will be targeting speeders as well, according to the City of Medford.
The new program will begin on April 1, starting with two intersections—Central and 4th Street, and Riverside and 8th Street. For the first 30 days, violators will be issued warnings instead of speeding citations. However, on May 1, those warnings will become citations.
According to Medford Police Sergeant Don Lane, the current cameras—located at four different intersections in Medford—have reduced the number of drivers running red lights, as well as the overall number of crashes in the area.
“As far as photo enforced intersections are concerned, many drivers will speed through the intersection in an attempt to avoid a red light citation. It is our belief that knowing there is a potential for a speeding citation at these intersections will reduce the frequency of this act and increase the safety of our intersections,” said Sergeant Lane.
Citations will be issued via mail to the registered owner of the vehicle after an officer reviews photos and videos and verifies that there has been a violation.
House Bill 2409 gives Medford Police the right to enforce vehicle speeds through traffic enforcement cameras, according to the City of Medford.
Alicia Rubin will have a full report on this development tonight at 5 & 6 p.m., only on NewsWatch 12.