New speed cameras go up in Southeast Portland

New traffic cameras on outer Division

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Portland Bureau of Transportation has installed speed cameras on Southeast Division Street, as well as Southeast 122nd Avenue.

If drivers are clocked going over the speed limit, they may get a ticket. It's all part of a push to make Division Street safer. Portland Bureau of Transportation officials say the cameras are mounted along what they call "high crash corridors."

Earlier this week the city council voted to lower the speed limit on outer Southeast Division from 35 to 30 miles per hour.

Background: Speed limit lowered on part of SE Division

PBOT says the cameras snap photos and take videos of cars that are traveling faster than the speed limit. That photo or video then gets passed on to Portland Police.

Officials said a camera set up on the Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway is working extremely well.

"Right after the installation we saw an almost immediate drop in speeding," said John Brady with PBOT. "It dropped by 90 percent, so that's very good news. And it's continued to drop."

The cameras will issue warnings for the first 30 days.

After that, anyone caught speeding will get a ticket. The cost of a ticket starts at $160.

The money made from the tickets will go toward paying for the speed camera program and other safety improvements along outer Division.

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