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Gov. on mission to ban red light cameras


AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott wants to ban redlight cameras, a measure he announced Monday as part of his plan to increase public safety in Texas. The cameras, which take photos of vehicles that run red lights, are expensive, increase accidents and pose constitutional issues, Abbott said in a list of recommendations. “While proponents of red light cameras claim that their presence leads to an increase in safety by decreasing the number of angle accidents [or sideimpact collisions], data show that they may lead to an overall increase in other types of accidents such as rear-ending due to sharp braking,” he said. Installing a red-light camera system costs more than $100,000, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. Abbott said the cameras might not be constitutional because they take photos of license plates, not drivers, so the people being accused are considered guilty until proved innocent. He and other Texas lawmakers have long wanted to get rid of the cameras. As attorney general in 2013, Abbott proposed letting residents vote to repeal cities’ red-light camera ordinances. Arlington voters did so in 2015. The idea gained traction when state Sen. Don Huffines, R-Dallas, filed bills in the last two legislative sessions to eliminate the cameras altogether. Both passed the Senate but failed to get through the Texas House.
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