The people of Texas have finally stood up and had their way. The Texas state legislature gave final approval yesterday to a bill banning speed cameras and requiring red light camera warning signs.
The bill says
A municipality may not implement or operate an automated traffic control system with respect to a highway under its jurisdiction. The attorney general shall enforce this subsection.
And incase you think Automated Traffic Control means just fixed speed cameras, dont worry the Texans have made sure there are no loop holes in the legislation.
Automated traffic control system means a photographic device, radar device, laser device, or other electrical or mechanical device designed to record the speed of a motor vehicle; and obtain one or more photographs or other recorded images of
- the vehicle
- the license plate attached to the vehicle
- or the operator of the vehicle.
As for red light cameras, the authorities have will invalidate any red light camera ticket if motorists do not have advance notice of the presence of a ticketing machine at least 100 feet before the intersection. Both laws are all but passed, only requiring the signature of Texas Governor Rick Perry.
Although we can't be sure, this appears to be the first case (and hopefully not the last) whereby authorities have banned speed cameras!