Stop or Go? Texas Lawmakers Debating Red Light Camera Ban

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DALLAS - Many Texans want to flip the switch on red light cameras.  Early voting is already underway in Arlington to nix the cams there. Also, red light cameras might be on the stopping block for the whole State. Lawmakers in the Transportation Committee discussed three bills that oppose photo enforcement in Austin Thursday.

But pump the brakes! Everyone’s not ready to unplug the cams just yet. The Traffic Safety Coalition along with more than 30 city leaders wrote to the committee asking them to look both ways before they vote.

In a letter, they say with the cameras, collisions declined by 83% in Fort Worth, 75% in Arlington, and collisions at intersections increased in Houston after cameras were removed in 2010.

Others say, it’s all about the green.  And we’re not talking lights, folks.

“They’re not concerned about our safety,” Kelly Canon said.  “Because that means if they want to continue that revenue stream, they want us to continue running red lights, and I thought they wanted us to stop running red lights.”

Canon spearheaded the petition to get rid of the cams in Arlington.  Now she’s in Austin to testify.

“Arlington has 19 intersections that have the red light cameras.  What about the others?  Does that mean we should completely avoid the other intersections? A camera cannot stop a bad driver from being a bad driver," Cannon said.

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