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Motorists need to slow down on Central

If you don’t want a ticket, you had better slow down on Central Avenue in Medford near Jackson Street.

Starting last Monday, the speed limit from Fourth Street to Jackson on Central was reduced to 20 mph from 30 mph.

An existing camera mounted at the intersection of Fourth and Central will capture those exceeding the new speed limit or blowing through a red light.

For the next month, Medford police will be handing out warning notices to speeders.

Traffic citations are issued at photo-enforced intersections when red light violations or speed violations of 11 mph or more above the posted speed occur.

In Medford, there are four intersections with cameras. The others are at South Riverside Avenue and East Eighth Street, Biddle Road and East McAndrews Road, Barnett Road and Stewart Avenue.

Those intersections have cameras because they are some of the most crash-prone in the city.

Medford police Lt. Trevor Arnold said the new speed limit is primarily to help make the downtown safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

Also, as part of the speed limit change, there will be on-street parking on Central Avenue, just north of Jackson, he said.

As a result, motorists will need to be aware of these new parking spots as they negotiate the intersection.

Citations for speed violations at this intersection will be issued through the city’s photo enforcement program starting Aug. 12.

Arnold said the new speed limit is designed to help reduce the number of motor vehicle crashes and to save lives.

Since 2018, all four of the intersection cameras have been set up to take photos of speeders. If you’re going 11 to 20 miles per hour over the speed limit, the fine is $165. Running a red light will net you a $265 fine.

Reach reporter Damian Mann at 541-776-4476 or dmann@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on www.twitter.com/reporterdm.

The speed limit on Central Avenue from Fourth Street to Jackson Street in downtown Medford has been reduced to 20 mph from 30 mph. Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune