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State Senator: Legislature Could 'Get Rid' of Red Light Cameras in Texas

One Texas Senator believes that red light cameras could be a thing of the past following the upcoming session of the Texas Legislature.

This week, Dallas Republican Don Huffines told the Dallas Morning News that he believes the Legislature could take aim at red light cameras across the Lone Star State.

“I really feel like this is the session where we get rid of these cameras and keep them from ripping off our Texans and our drivers,” Huffines told the Dallas Morning News. The Dallas Republican also said he feels red light cameras are a "cash grab" by cities across Texas to collect more revenue from local drivers.

As we have previously reported, red light cameras in Amarillo have been relatively controversial and the effectiveness of the cameras have been challenged in the past. Last year, City documents obtained by the Amarillo Pioneer revealed that half of incidents captured by the cameras never lead to citations and nearly 80 percent of citations eventually are rejected. However, City officials have still spent almost $700,000 per year on the cameras and, in 2018, the Amarillo City Council voted to post even more red light cameras around Amarillo.

Photo by WLRN

Photo by WLRN

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