Texas could ban red light cameras

Texas could ban red light cameras

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The State of Texas could remove red light cameras from all Texas intersections.

The House approved the ban, but wants to keep the devices in place until a city's contracts expire.

Critics say they undermine due process. Supporters say they make intersections safer and help bring in revenue with $75 fines.

Conservatives have been trying to unplug them for years. They argue the red light cameras are unconstitutional, since you cannot confront your accuser.

In fiscal year 2017 more than $18 million in fines from red light cameras went to the state's trauma care fund. Banning cameras, according to the bill's fiscal note, would cut $28 million for trauma centers over the next two years. 

Lubbock had red light cameras for about a year, in 2007 and 2008. 

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