Photo radar catches 160 speeders in I-5 work zone

First effort to use photo radar in work zones on Oregon interstate

Road construction (file)
Road construction (file)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — In a 4-hour period, about 160 citations were issued to speeders in the I-5 work zone between Capitol and the Marquam Bridge.

Photo radar enforcement in the area where a paving project is underway began at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday and lasted until 2:30 a.m. PPB Sgt. Pete Simpson told KOIN 6 News the top speed past the construction workers was 78 mph.

The photo radar enforcement will continue during the same times for the next several nights at least, officials said.

Fines for speeders double in work zones.

ODOT said this is the first effort to use photo radar in work zones on an interstate highway in Oregon.

A statewide survey for ODOT showed that 68% of Oregonians support the use of photo radar for traffic enforcement in work zones.

In 2013, the Oregon Legislature made a work zone photo radar pilot project permanent as a way to increase safety and encourage drivers to voluntarily slow down.

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