Greg Abbott posted to Twitter Saturday evening a short video of him signing House Bill 1631, authored by state Rep. Jonathan Stickland (R-Bedford), and was approved by the House and Senate during the last weeks of the legislative session.
This is the first bill Rep. Stickland has passed through the Legislature since he took office in 2013. Red light cameras automatically flag when a driver has run a red light, and the driver is mailed a citation. Governor Abbott campaigned against red light cameras during his re-election bid in November 2018, stating that the cameras “may increase accidents where deployed” and that there were “constitutional issues” with their use.
The bill states that local authorities “may not issue a civil or criminal charge or citation for an offense or violation based on a recorded image produced by a photographic traffic signal enforcement system“.
HB 1631 includes a grandfather clause for cities involved in contracts that have not expired.
State lawmakers have unsuccessfully proposed turning off these cameras through the years since they became legal in 2007.
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