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Fairview seeks public feedback on photo red-light possibility

The city of Fairview will hold a second public meeting at City Hall council chambers from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 31, to discuss the possibility of installing photo red-light technology at Halsey Street and Fairview Parkway.

The meeting is a follow up to a forum held March 15, which was a reschedule of a Feb. 23 meeting canceled because of a wintry weather forecast.

Representatives from the Fairview Police Department and Redflex Traffic Systems will deliver a presentation and answer questions about the technology being considered.

Additional information about the program is available on the city's website, ci.fairview.or.us

The Fairview City Council is considering joining a growing group of Oregon cities that have incorporated photo-based enforcement programs as part of their traffic safety efforts.

The city is working with Redflex, a private company, to analyze the feasibility and need for photo red-light equipment at major intersections in the city. 

Halsey Street and Fairview Parkway, where initial research indicated there is a problem with drivers running red lights, is the first intersection being considered for camera installation.

Police Chief Ken Johnson said he wasn't enthusiastic about the photo red-light concept until he observed the precision of the Redflex equipment.

'A lot of people, like me, were very skeptical of the red-light cameras until I saw this particular system of technology,' he said. 'The technology they've demonstrated - and the public will have an opportunity to view this - is pretty compelling to me.'

After soliciting public input, the council is likely to make a decision on the program in May.

Redflex would pay for the program's implementation costs, but drivers' citations from Fairview police would eventually pay for the vendor's up-front equipment costs.

No city funds would be used to pay for the equipment.

Johnson said he hasn't received enough feedback on the proposal to gauge the public sentiment yet.

'I thought the (first meeting) was a good exchange of information,' he said. 'This will be a good meeting.'

For more information about the proposed program, call Johnson at 503-674-6200.