AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM) – The Texas Supreme Court heard arguments Thursday in a class action lawsuit challenging whether red-light cameras are constitutional.
Residents of the small Texas town of Willis are suing their city, saying the cameras are illegal, in part, because a state-required engineering study was not done before the cameras were installed.READ MORE: Former Texas Border Agent Admits Illegally Bringing Woman Into US To Be Her Nanny
The suit seeks more than $1 million in reimbursement for the red-light camera tickets issued.
The CBS 11 I-Team reported last week on how a dozen north Texas cities also did not do an engineering study before putting up the cameras.
The North Texas cities told the I-Team they believe they are grandfathered into the law requiring the study.READ MORE: Man Being Treated For Flesh-Eating Bacteria He Got At Texas Beach
Senate Bill 1119, passed in 2007, required cities to conduct an engineering study to justify the cameras’ use. Lawmakers wanted to make sure red-light cameras were installed for safety reasons and not as a revenue generator.
State Representative Jim Murphy, who co-authored SB 1119, said no city was grandfathered into the study requirement.
The Texas Supreme Court is expected to issue an opinion on the Willis case in the next two to three months.MORE NEWS: Child Found Dead In Street In Dallas Neighborhood
In September, Gov. Greg Abbott called to ban red-light cameras in Texas.