Speed cameras decrease speeding by 95 percent on Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy.
Portland says its first set of automatic speed cameras, set up on Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway, are working better than they expected.
The cameras went up a few months ago after speed sensors found that 1,400 drivers were speeding down the road each day.
Since the cameras went up – that number has gone down to an average of 72 drivers a day.
“It used to be like a raceway on Sunday mornings through here,” said Roberta Silva, who lives nearby.
Officials say the cameras are doing much better than they thought. They had expected speeding to be cut in half within six months.
“I actually have gotten a ticket from speeding from a camera on the street,” said Jennah Pendleton, who also lives in the neighborhood. “It’s definitely made me more aware.”
City officials said they’ve given out far fewer tickets than they expected, but added that the goal was to get people to slow down – not to give out tickets.
The city hopes to add more speed cameras around the city next year.