Red light cameras crash in Texas Senate

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Texas could put red light cameras in the rearview mirror under a bill that has cleared the Texas Senate.

Republican Sen. Bob Hall said before his bill was sent over to the House Wednesday that red light cameras “have failed miserably.” Dozens of Texas cities have contracted companies to install red light cameras, which generate millions in revenue for municipalities.

The companies photograph vehicles that run red lights, and then send the vehicle owner a $75 ticket.

Texas lawmakers now want to prohibit camera systems on anything other than toll roads. Hall said studies show the devices don’t improve overall traffic safety as advertised. Also, since ticketed drivers can’t confront their accusers, Hall said, the cameras violate citizens’ due process rights.