• May 23rd 2007 at 9:37AM
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Finally, someone's fighting back against the fleecing of the general populace. Famous for liking things big, Texas lawmakers have laid the smackdown on red light and speed cameras in a large manner. HB.922 states "A municipality may not implement or operate an automated traffic control system with respect to a highway under its jurisdiction," which means that cameras, automated radar or laser, or anything else designed to snag an image of a car, driver, or license plate and record its speed is now forbidden. The even larger racket of red-light cameras have had the brakes applied by HB.1052, which requires giving motorists notice of the devices at least 100 feet out.
These bills have passed through the legislature and are awaiting Governor Rick Perry's inscription. If the measures do make it into law, we hope that other states follow suit. Ticketing egregious speeders and actual red-light scofflaws is one thing, but the systems have been calibrated in a cynical manner to generate loads of revenue (and kickbacks) for the companies that sell and administrate the systems for municipalities. Rather than keeping people safe, random ticketing amounts to a tax, and that really sticks in our craw. We're pleased beyond words that Texas has taken up the motorists' cause, and we hope that the new legislation can stand as a precedent.

Thanks for the tip, Dylan!

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      • 8 Years Ago
      That's somewhat funny, as I live in Texas and they just installed 7 new red-light camera systems within half a mile of me. My tax dollars at work. :/
        • 8 Years Ago
        Good job Texas. I doubt other states will follow this because this cameras have become a cash cow for the states.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I still don't understand why people are making such a big deal about these cameras when the infractions are real and their is definite a societal cost (i.e. accidents, injuries, deaths) yet no one cares the least bit that the feds can monitor all internet traffic and emails without probable cause or a warrant?
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Rather than keeping people safe, random ticketing amounts to a tax"

      Exactly. Screw that.
      • 8 Years Ago
      some government official or legislator must have been caught on camera with his girlfriend or boyfriend.....again.
      • 8 Years Ago
      If they did that, then who would they catch with the speed cameras and the red light cameras?

      and i drive through Richardson, TX to work, and they have alot of red light cameras, and lights that seem to be as unsynchronized as you can get. it's obviously a racket.

      • 8 Years Ago
      These speed cameras are such a racket.

      It's amazing that cities can spend millions of dollars installing these devices yet they are unwilling to do anything as simple as synchronizing traffic signals so that you don't have to stop every 1/10 of a mile.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I don't agree with red light cameras being removed.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I hope this comes to Georgia as well, we have more and more of them going up every day.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Yeah, this doesn't change the red light cameras one bit. All the ones I recall seeing near my house (I live in Dallas area) all have warning signs about 100 feet before. The same with the ones in other cities. They are popping up on a daily basis it seems. I typically don't run lights, but if I know there is a redlight camera, I slam on the brakes as soon as it turns yellow. And yes, highway does not mean freeway. Most surface streets are considered highways and probably have a highway number in addition to their regular name (at least in Texas). I don't know if this applies to a neighborhood street though.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think some folks have missed the point here.

      first, the cameras are NOT installed by the municipalities; they are installed and maintained by the company that makes the systems.

      second, they are not 'cash cows' for the cities that install them. they get less than 20% of the revenue that the cameras generate; the rest of the money goes to the company.

      there are several ways to avoid needing to pay a photo ticket; first, if you see (or know) you are going to get snapped, put the visor down, with your head behind it, before the camera goes off.

      we've had photo speed inforcement here in Arizona for years, and there have been quite a few hyper-speeders (over 140 MPH) who have gone past the cameras with Nixon masks on. we even had a case last year where a camera clocked a rental 4 cylinder Hyundai Sonata at 141 MPH. even Hyundai can't figure that one out.

      if they can't see a face, the ticket will not even be generated to you. no face, no ticket.

      • 8 Years Ago
      In my Driving Freedoms booklet that came yesterday.
      Minnesota Court Reject Ticket Camera
      'In a unanimous ruling, the Minnesota Supreme Court agreed with lower courts that the use of ticket cameras in Minneapolis was illegal. The city ordinance fined the owner of a car that was photographed violating a red light. This conflicts with a state law that clearly puts liability for traffic offenses on the driver.'

      Bye-bye red light cameras. I'd like to that you for your help, but you haven't been of any.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Well, that'll at least slow down "1984" a bit.
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