UPDATE: In a statement released on Wednesday, the Medford Police Department (MPD) revealed that their new speed radar cameras are installed and operational at two major intersections in the city.
The cameras went live on both the Biddle/McAndrews and Barnett/Stewart intersections on October 1 — which is what MPD had originally told NewsWatch 12 before later issuing a correction.
However, MPD says, the program will only issue warnings for the first 30 days. Drivers who speed through either intersection will begin receiving tickets beginning on November 1.
With the new cameras operational, there will be speed photo enforcement at four intersections throughout the city:
• E. Barnett Rd. and E. Stewart Av.
• Biddle Rd. and E. McAndrews Rd.
• N. Central Av. and E. 4th St.
• S. Riverside Av. and E. 8th St.
"The goal of the photo enforcement program is to improve traffic safety in Medford," MPD said. "Since installing photo enforcement cameras at the listed intersections the City has seen a reduction of drivers running red lights and a reduction of crashes in the area."
(Updated 10/10/18 at 11 a.m.)
CORRECTION: After NewsWatch 12's report on the new speed radar cameras at intersections last night, officials from the Medford Police Department (MPD) contacted us today to issue several corrections to the information that they had provided previously.
While speed radar detection cameras are slated for installation at the Biddle/McAndrews and Stewart/Barnett intersections within the month of October, there is no hard date set for those installations.
Moreover, MPD says that they expect to have a 30-day test period once the devices are installed, during which no tickets will be issued.
The date that those intersections will begin producing tickets for speeders remains unknown, as it depends on the true installation dates and the test periods.
MPD says that there are already speed radar cameras operational and issuing tickets at the Central Ave/4th Street and Riverside Avenue/8th Street intersections.
(Updated 9/27/18 at 11:35 a.m.)
INITIAL REPORT: Starting Monday October 1st, two new Medford intersections will go live with new speed radar detecting cameras. Those intersections include Stewart Avenue and Barnett Street, and Biddle Road and McAndrews Road.
Some people NewsWatch12 talked with think it will help reduce crashes in the area.
Tyler Duarty says, "I mean obviously I don't want to pay something but I'd rather pay that then lose my life or something you know have something seriously bad happen in an accident."
Others have mixed feelings about the automatic speeding tickets. Paige Sprague says she's worried tickets will go out to people going just a few miles over the limit.
Sprague says, "It's kind of nerve-racking because I don't want to get a ticket for just going a little over or even if it's two miles over."
Medford Police say drivers will usually only be cited if they're driving more than 11 miles an hour over the limit.
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