Speed Trap Hunter Forum: Best Radar Detectors, Laser Jammers, Laser Detectors, Speed Cameras Forum  

Go Back   Speed Trap Hunter Forum: Best Radar Detectors, Laser Jammers, Laser Detectors, Speed Cameras Forum > Speed Trap & Traffic Enforcement > Economics & Politics
Radar Detectors Forum Logon:


Economics & Politics Discussion of the economic and political market driving factors of automated enforcement technology.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 2009-05-11
NMA Reporter NMA Reporter is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: 2008 Feb
Posts: 125
NMA Reporter is on a distinguished road
Exclamation Texas House Votes to Sunset Red Light Cameras

Article: Texas House Votes to Sunset Red Light Cameras

Rep. Solomon Ortiz, Jr.The Texas House of Representatives voted on Friday to bring an end to the use of red light cameras in the state. During consideration of a bill to reauthorize the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), members debated over 180 amendments to the underlying legislation. Amendment Number 102 added a sunset clause to state approval for the use of automated ticketing machines. This provision passed by a vote of 107-36 and the underlying TxDOT reauthorization measure was adopted on a voice vote.

State Representatives Gary Elkins (R-Houston) and Solomon Ortiz, Jr. (D-Corpus Christi) led the bipartisan effort to forbid cities from entering into any new red light camera contract after June 1 or from extending or renewing any existing contract. As a result, photo enforcement would eventually come to an end in the Lone Star state as contracts generally last no more than two to five years.

It is a close call whether the sunset provision will make it into law, based on the Texas legislature's history with red light cameras. Between 1995 and 2003 the House rejected open attempts to authorize the cameras in four legislative sessions. That did not stop Representative Linda Harper-Brown (R-Irving) who snuck a one-sentence provision allowing municipalities to issue "civil" citations for traffic crimes into unrelated legislation dealing with commercial motor vehicle standards. The provision became law in 2003. Many House members were furious at what they saw as an underhanded move and voted by a three-to-one margin to overturn the provision. The state Senate, however, did not share the enthusiasm of the House. Although a majority of senators voted to strip Harper-Brown's langauge, the Senate leadership allowed the effort to die with a parliamentary maneuver.

Ortiz and Elkins have a backup plan. If the Senate allows photo ticketing to survive, the representatives added another measure to protect drivers from being trapped by short yellows.

"[TxDOT] by rule shall require that the change interval in a light equipped with a photographic traffic signal enforcement system must be at least one second longer than the minimum change interval established in accordance with the Texas Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices," the Ortiz-Elkins amendment states.

Already, the states of Ohio and Georgia have enacted longer yellow requirements to great effect. In Georgia, seven cities known to have lengthened yellows since January have seen violations decrease by 70 to 80 percent. A Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) study documented a 40 percent decrease in collisions after testing the benefits of increasing the yellow warning given to motorists before an intersection signal changes from green to red (view study).

A copy of the red light camera amendment is available in a PDF file at the source link below. Source
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Texas Cities Defy House Attempt to Ban Red Light Cameras NMA Reporter Economics & Politics 1 2009-05-22 10:44
Montana Legislature Votes to Ban Red Light Cameras NMA Reporter Economics & Politics 0 2009-04-01 10:50
Mississippi House Votes to Ban Ticket Cameras; Missouri and Maryland Protest NMA Reporter Economics & Politics 0 2009-02-16 13:19
Speed Cameras: ACLU of Iowa Challenges use of Speed/Red Light Cameras Veil Guy Speed on Green - Photo Enforcement 3 2008-12-03 08:55
ACLU on Photo Enforcement, Red Light Cameras, Speed Cameras, Surveillance Cameras Veil Guy Speed on Green - Photo Enforcement 0 2008-02-01 23:36


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 13:22.


©2019 SpeedTrapHunter