Photo Enforcement

Portland Police Photo Radar Van
The number one traffic complaint among neighborhood residents is speeding. Why are residents so concerned? Because speeding cars threaten the safety of our children and compromise the livability of our neighborhoods.
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Photo Radar

The number one traffic complaint among neighborhood residents is speeding. Why are residents so concerned? Because speeding cars threaten the safety of our children and compromise the livability of our neighborhoods.

What is photo radar?

Photo of a photo radar van

Photo radar is simply another way to enforce speed laws. It is operated from a marked police van by a trained Police Officer. Photo radar combines a camera, radar and a reader board that displays the speed of each passing vehicle. If a speeding car is detected, a picture is taken of the driver and license plate. The registered owner of the speeding vehicle then receives a ticket in the mail. The camera can take two photos every second. Cars traveling with the flow of traffic are not singled out.

Where will photo radar be used?

By law, photo radar can be used on any street or roadway within the City that has a demonstrated history of the negative impact of speeding.

What do I do if I get a ticket?

You should receive a packet of information that explains your options. If you did not receive a packet, please call 503-221-0415 to have one mailed to you. Please carefully read through all the information that is sent to you. If you qualify, there is the option of taking our safety class to keep the citation off your driving record. Please click on this link to learn more about the class. Vision Zero Traffic Safety Class

What if I was not driving my car?

If you are the registered owner of the car, and someone else was driving your car, you are required to complete the Certificate of Innocence and mail it along with a legible photocopy of the front and back of your driver’s license in the envelope provided. If you do not fill out the Certificate of Innocence with complete and accurate information, the citation will not be dismissed and you will be responsible for the citation. The citation will be dismissed if all required information is provided on the Certificate of Innocence. However, if the driver’s license photo matches the violation photo, the citation will be re-issued to you.

What if the citation is issued to my business or public agency?

Oregon Law authorizes the citation issued to your business or public agency to be dismissed if you complete the Affidavit of Non-Liability identifying the driver. However, if you do not fill out the Affidavit of Non-Liability with accurate and complete driver information, the citation will not be dismissed and your business will be responsible for the citation.

If I have a question about speeding or photo radar, who do I call?

After reading through your citation packet and you still have questions, you may direct your Photo Radar or Red Light questions to a Portland Police Bureau representative by calling 503-823-2209. Please include your citation number when leaving a message. This line is monitored Tuesday through Friday during regular business hours.

For questions about the following topics, please call the Citation Processing Center at 503-221-0415.

  • Look up a license plate or last name to see if you have a citation.
  • Mail a replacement copy of your citation packet.
  • Provide instructions and citation/PIN number for viewing images online (
  • Provide basic info on filling out paperwork and options for dealing with the citation.

For information about Fixed Speed (FS) camera enforcement, visit the PBOT website or call 503-823-5185.

What if I have questions regarding my court date and/or payments?

Read the back of the citation, and then if you still have questions, contact the Multnomah County Circuit Court:
Portland 971-274-0545
Gresham 971-274-0700, then dial zero (0) for the operator.

For online payments:

How can I view larger versions of the photos?

The color photo on your letter is a digital reproduction of the color photo taken of your
vehicle. To view the photographs in larger format, please visit the following website: and enter the citation number and PIN provided in the

How do I order Traffic discovery documents for my trial?

Traffic discovery documents can be ordered online by following this link: Traffic Discovery Records - PPB You will click on the second link with the same title to create an account and follow the directions given.

Red Light Cameras

What are Red Light Cameras?

Photo of a red light photo sign

A red light camera system is connected to the traffic signal and to sensors buried in the pavement at the crosswalk or stop line. The system continuously monitors the traffic signal; the camera is triggered by any vehicle passing over the sensors after the signal has turned red. A second photograph is taken that shows the red light violator in the intersection. The camera records the date, time of day, time elapsed since the beginning of the red signal and the speed of the vehicle.

When do I get any warning that a camera is in operation?

There are signs posted on all major streets at the city limits, and prior to each camera-enforced intersection.

Where are they located?

Photo Red Light Camera Locations

0101NE Cesar Chavez @ NE Sandy BlvdN/B
0104NE Sandy Blvd @ Cesar ChavezW/B
0201NE Grand Ave @ E Burnside StN/B
0401SE Grand Ave @ SE Madison StN/B
0504NE Broadway St @ NE Grand AveW/B
0601SW 4th Ave @ SW Jefferson StN/B
0703SE Washington St @ SE 103rd AveE/B
0804SE Stark St @ SE 99th AveW/B
0904SE Stark St @ SE 102nd AveW/B
1004SE Foster Rd @ SE 96th AveW/B

What is red light running?

{ORS 811.260} states: A driver facing a steady circular red signal light alone shall stop at a clearly marked stop line, but if none, before entering the marked crosswalk on the near side of the intersection, or if there is no marked crosswalk, then before entering the intersection.If a driver cannot stop in safety, the driver may drive cautiously through the intersection.Going through a yellow light in the State of Oregon is a violation if you are able to stop prior to entering the intersection. Motorists inadvertently in an intersection when the signal changes to red, (i.e. when waiting to turn) are not considered red light runners.

Is it legal to go through a red light because a large vehicle like a semi-truck or bus blocked my view of the traffic light?

No. You must stay at enough distance behind a large vehicle for you to be able to see the traffic light, and for you to be able to come to a complete stop at the appropriate stopping point of the intersection.