View Full Version : Texas: Speed cameras banned statewide

05-24-2007, 11:41 PM
Finally, someone's fighting back against the fleecing of the general populace. Famous for liking things big, Texas lawmakers have laid the smackdown on red light and speed cameras in a large manner. HB.922 states "A municipality may not implement or operate an automated traffic control system with respect to a highway under its jurisdiction," which means that cameras, automated radar or laser, or anything else designed to snag an image of a car, driver, or license plate and record its speed is now forbidden. The even larger racket of red-light cameras have had the brakes applied by HB.1052, which requires giving motorists notice of the devices at least 100 feet out.

These bills have passed through the legislature and are awaiting Governor Rick Perry's inscription. If the measures do make it into law, we hope that other states follow suit. Ticketing egregious speeders and actual red-light scofflaws is one thing, but the systems have been calibrated in a cynical manner to generate loads of revenue (and kickbacks) for the companies that sell and administrate the systems for municipalities. Rather than keeping people safe, random ticketing amounts to a tax, and that really sticks in our craw. We're pleased beyond words that Texas has taken up the motorists' cause, and we hope that the new legislation can stand as a precedent.

05-25-2007, 08:00 AM
Sweet. The PD's were itching to get the go ahead to put in more red light camera's and start implementing the speed camera's.

I guess this would also make the Marble Falls Speed trap trucks ticket issuing setup illegal.

05-25-2007, 08:30 AM
There were a few installed in The Woodlands recently. I've heard they are only for "testing" purposes and are not actually giving tickets, but sucks that they are moving in that direction.

Hopefully this bill will pass.

05-25-2007, 05:10 PM
And I heard today that Texas was ranked 3rd in speed traps in the US....They need to do something.

05-26-2007, 08:12 AM
Thats good to know. In the Austin area alot of people were against the red light camera.

06-11-2007, 04:31 PM
Thats good to know. In the Austin area alot of people were against the red light camera.
I could understand the camera's for safety [red light runners, and other safety infractions], but not for record of speed.

Good to see TX is standing up for itself. :thumbsup:

06-11-2007, 05:24 PM
Something I've heard is that the Toll Road ppl will start issuing citations for how fast you are going from one Toll Booth to another, but I think it won't hold up b/c you can always say that you weren't driving your car, someone else was.