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6/19/07

Red Light Cameras Could be Banned

Cameras have already been snapping away charging violators $75. But now new legislation passed stating they could be banned if they can't prove the camera's increase safety.

State Representative Carl Isett authorized an amendment to Senate Bill 1119 requiring studies to show whether the cameras increase safety or just city budgets. As of now lawmakers put a $75 cap on citations, the state will take half of the revenue, and use it to help fund local trauma centers. The city will receive the remaining money, but they can't spend it on just anything. It needs to go to public safety improvements.

Lubbock City Councilman John Leonard says why wait for lawmakers to ban them, so he's taking action. Leonard says, "I'm introducing a resolution at next Tuesday's council meeting that will cancel the red light camera contract. It's about the money, and the money is apparently not going to be there now, so let's get out of the red light camera business."

The new law also stops the state from using credit agencies to make people pay citations. But, it would allow TX-DOT to refuse to register a vehicle that has a citation listed to it, but here's an interesting fact, you folks with out of state plates couldn't be forced to pay.

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