Red-light cameras are now banned in Texas

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Sunday, June 2, 2019
Could red-light cameras become illegal in Texas? Gov. Greg Abbott says these controversial devices can lead to more accidents
Could red-light cameras become illegal in Texas?

Governor Greg Abbott announced via Twitter that he has signed a bill that will ban all red-light cameras in Texas.

The bill will go into effect Sept. 1 after House Bill 1631 passed the Texas Senate in a 23-9 vote in May.

Red-light cameras are used in municipalities to improve safety at intersections. The Texas Transportation Code outlines requirements for the revenue collected through red-light camera violations, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.

For example, fines can be used to pay for the installation, operation, administration and maintenance of the systems, according to TxDOT.

However, the devices have garnered their share of controversy: Opponents claim they may lead to an increase in other types of accidents such as rear-ending, according to Gov. Greg Abbott's office.

Since 2014, Texas lawmakers have filed numerous bills to repeal or prohibit red-light camera ordinances.

None of the bills have made it to the governor's desk to date, according to Abbott's office.

In mid-September Gov. Abbott released a report in which he called for prohibiting local adoption of red-light cameras and pre-empting any local ordinances or policies permitting red-light cameras already in force.

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