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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Tualatin Red Light

Monday night the Tualatin City Council decided to move forward with an evaluation on red-light cameras. Assuming all goes well they will then discuss whether Tualatin's busiest intersections would benefit from the extra attention.

Running red lights is the most common traffic violation people complain to the Tualatin Police about. Especially now with the increase in traffic the accidents have pretty much tripled from 2005-2006 at the Tualatin-Sherwood Rd. and Boones Ferry Rd. intersection.

Many have said that red-light cameras cause more accidents than they prevent because people will slam on their breaks to avoid a ticket, but that's also been said to be a myth. Beaverton has had it's red-light violations decrease since adding red-light cameras to it's busy intersections.

But the system isn't flawless, if you drive a car that isn't registered to you, you cannot get a ticket. If you duck while the camera is taking the picture you can also avoid a ticket because the picture needs to clearly have your face and your license plate. There are people out there trying to sell sprays and plastic covers for your license plate to prevent the camera from getting a good picture, but anyone who has watched Myth Busters knows, they don't work.

Tigard Real Estate


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