AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Have you ever received a ticket by mail for running a red light? That’s a trend that could end in Texas.READ MORE: Arlington Police Officer Shoots Suspect Who Allegedly 'Drove Directly Towards Officer'
The state could put red light cameras in the rearview mirror under a bill that has cleared the Texas Senate.
Republican Sen. Bob Hall said Wednesday that red light cameras “have failed miserably” before his bill was sent over to the House. 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.READ MORE: Domestic Violence Incident Involving Gunfire Led To Dallas Apartment Gas Explosion, Court Documents Show
Texas lawmakers now want to prohibit a camera system 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.
Voters in Arlington have petitioned to ban red-light cameras.
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