New law prohibits cameras in Texas. Will take effect at the end of current camera contracts. It is already being reported cities are rushing to extend current contracts.
Too bad they didn't word it to expire by a certain date, I can't help buy believe that those systems are only for revenue.
...been a fan of red light cameras. It seems to me that they are used principally for raising money even though they try to claim that they are there for safety reasons. Just my opinion. (And, I have never been cited to court for getting a citation from one of them.)
Texas' Governor Abbott signed a bill (House Bill 1631 was passed in the Texas Senate 23-8) on Saturday (June 1, 2019) BANNING Red Light Cameras in the state of Texas.
going to make for an interesting set of law suits for the cities that do get them extended
It could be interesting! But there is one thing for sure - the number of red light cameras in the state of Texas will definitely be dwindling over the next five years as red light vendor contracts expire, eventually reaching zero.
The House Bill that was signed into law states that if a contract (new or renewal) was signed prior to May 9, 2019 (I believe is the date), then the contract can run until it expires. The bill allows cities that may be penalized by vendors for suddenly breaking a contract to honor said contract until it expires. I'm guessing that most of the contracts have some form of penalization for breach.
There is a significant cost to each city to operate their red light cameras, and this cost is of course deducted from the collected fines to reflect the profits, with HALF of those profits required to be shared with the state.
Texas is moving from infrared to blue.
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