PORTLAND, Ore. -- Portland City Commissioners approved a plan to spend $7 million over the next five years on its red light camera program.
The red-light program earns Portland less than $10,000 per year, but city leaders say the program really pays off in enhanced public safety.
A report from the city's traffic engineer shows that red light cameras cut crashes by 30 percent.
“We only have 11 cameras in the city and I think most of the people whose neighborhoods they are in are stopping for the yellow and red lights," said Sgt. Todd Davis with the Portland Police Bureau.
Portland is not adding more cameras, it is upgrading to high-end digital models, which have much clearer pictures. .