Texas Is the Latest State to Ban Red Light Cameras

No more surprise tickets in Texas. House Bill 1631, which outlaws red light cameras in the Lone Star State, has passed by a vote of 23-8. The legislation still has to be signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott, but he’s expected to do so shortly.

While a number of cities such as Dallas, Irving, Garland, and Plano thought they were a great idea and made drivers safer, they’ll have no choice now but to pull their photographic traffic camera systems down. According to Dallas News, Dallas made “$5.8 million from their $75-a-pop fines in 2018.”

A handful of Democrats expressed concerns that outlawing the cameras would worsen public safety. Supporters point to two studies that say deadly “angle” or T-bone crashes decrease when red light cameras are in place. But these same studies contain caveats that the presence of red light cameras could result in more rear-end collisions.

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