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New radar cameras added along high-crash corridors in Portland

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation is installing new radar cameras along high-crash corridors in Portland, hoping it will slow people down.

It has been about four months since Kim Stone testified before the Portland City Council to have new cameras installed in high crash areas, and now she has got what she and many others have been fighting for.

"I think he'd be proud of our efforts, and if not him, lets save somebody else," said Stone.

Stone lost her son Joe back in 2013 when he was hit by a speeding car near 156th and Powell.

"He was hit by an inattentive driver who actually hit him in the crosswalk. He died the next day."

In May, the state legislature agreed to have the camera installed in at least four high-crash corridors around the city, which includes Marine Drive, Southeast 122nd between Foster and Powell, and outer Southeast Division.

Up until now, speed cameras were only allowed at dangerous stop lights and in vans that police parked on the shoulder, but with the new, bold look of these cameras, they can't be missed.

PBOT said the cameras aren't turned on yet, they still need to finish installing the rest around the city. Drivers will also get warning letters the first 30 days of operation. That is something Stone said is more than fair enough.

"I think it's a great idea. It's gonna get people to be more aware of their surroundings, slow down a little bit and make us all safer."

PBOT said along Beaverton Hillsdale-Highway, the pedestrian crash rate is double that of an average city street. There are now radar cameras going in each direction.

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