PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — There is one place around Portland where speeding is coming to a screeching halt — the Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway.
The big reason: speed cameras.
It turns out most drivers stopped speeding along the highway as soon as the warning signs about the speed cameras were posted. The city is not going to remove the cameras.
Portland rents the 2 cameras — one faces east, the other west — for $6400 a month. The state of Oregon gets 70% of the ticket money, sometimes as much as $160 each.
The city said they’re collecting enough ticket money to cover the cost, but added the cameras weren’t meant to be a sting or a fundraiser.
The reason the cameras were placed in this spot is the 3 deaths and 26 serious injuries over a 10-year span.
The city can move the cameras to a different spot, but there is no plan to do so. In the first month of operation, a 90% reduction in speed has been noted.