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Dispatches from public radio's correspondent at the Oregon Legislature. This is a venue for political and policy coverage of the state government in Salem and its impact on the people of Oregon.

Red-Light Cameras In Oregon Can Now Ticket Speeders

Derek Jensen
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File photo. Oregon municipalities can now use their red-light cameras to ticket speeders.

A new law in Oregon allows municipalities to use their red-light cameras to ticket speeders, too.

Drivers won’t be fined unless they’re going at least 11 miles per hour over the speed limit. But the speeding tickets can be issued regardless of whether the light was red, yellow, or green at the time.

Gerik Kransky is the policy director for The Street Trust, a Portland nonprofit that advocates for bicyclists and pedestrians. He said the change could save lives.

“Speed is one of the largest contributing factors to the severity of an injury, if someone is in a crash,” he said. “And any opportunity we have to enforce safe speeds is an opportunity to create safe streets.”

City officials in Portland, Beaverton and Medford testified in favor of the measure.