Personally, I'd like to see ALL light controlled intersections have cameras. The rule is "don't go through red", and my understanding is that the cameras only take a picture if the light is red BEFORE you even enter the intersection. A clear infraction.
But then, I live near 28th & Broadway and 33rd & Broadway. At both of these intersections people ROUTINELY go through the red to make turns. At 33rd & Broadway the eastbound-to-northbound, and northbound-to-westbound, lights will often have 2 cars go through the red. Now that second car had plenty of time to stop, they just chose not to. It only works because the regulars KNOW that there is a good chance someone will go on red, so they hesitate before starting through on the green.
Another problem I see is that the yellow is not a standard length of time from light to light in Portland. It is adjusted for the width of the intersection and the supposed speed of the traffic. That can be a problem if the lights you meet routinely are long yellows. You subconsciously expect all of them to be the same and can be caught at streets where they are not as long
The biggest help lately has been those crosswalks that count down the green. I watch those when I'm in a vehicle as well and judge my time accordingly. If I don't have time, I'm already slowing when the yellow changes and can stop smoothly.
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