Texas red light cameras will be banned. Picture: Fox News
Texas red light cameras will be banned. Picture: Fox News

Texas bans road’s most annoying cameras

DRIVERS in the Lone Star State are about to be seeing less red.

Governor Greg Abbott, representing the US state of Texas, announced over the weekend he had signed legislation that bans red light cameras across the state.

House Bill 1361, authored by Republican state Representative Jonathan Stickland, would prohibit the use of "photographic traffic signal enforcement systems."

The Republican governor took to Twitter to give people a personal view of him signing House Bill 1631.

"Hi, Governor Greg Abbott here at the capitol on Saturday, signing bills," he said.

Seconds later, the governor held up the bill with his signature, saying the document "is now law."

Stickland told Fox News the bill was motivated by "a lot of reasons".

"Number one, privacy concerns. We think that the right to due process matters," he told FOX7. "You have the right to face your accuser in court."

The new law included a grandfather clause for cities involved in red light camera contracts that have yet to end, except if the contract includes a provision allowing for state law to break it.

Some communities have begun negotiations to terminate the deals earlier.

The law also prevents counties and Texas officials from refusing to register a vehicle amid unpaid red-light camera tickets.

"So, currently, we think as it is, the bill will continue to operate red light cameras in just two cities for a couple of years until the contract is timed out," Mr Stickland said.

Ever since becoming legal in 2007, Texas politicians have made attempts to turn the cameras off that were unsuccessful until now, according to The Star-Telegram .

The ban will come into effect on September 1.

Such cameras take images of vehicles entering intersections when red stoplights are lit. Drivers are usually fined $75 ($A108).

 

Texas red light cameras will be banned. Picture: Fox News
Texas red light cameras will be banned. Picture: Fox News

 

Critics say red light cameras are unconstitutional and contribute to traffic accidents.

Supporters say red light cameras help make streets safer and generate funds for cities and other government entities.

This article originally appeared on Fox News and has been republished here with permission.


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