The Time for Action – Ending Red Light Camera Scams in Texas

The folks over at Trash Your Ticket on Facebook have posted the following call to action:

The time for the statewide camera ban bill is getting close. Please call EVERYONE on the transportation committee and tell them to vote to pass the bill out of committee. It is SB340 that you should ask them to pass.http://www.senate.state.tx.us/7…/Senate/commit/c640/c640.htm

We’ve been quietly awaiting this legislation – a statewide ban is the most efficient solution to end the corporate greed that has infiltrated our local law enforcement and communities. If this fails, we’ll have no choice but to petition in each and every community across Texas. Red Light corporations and local governments have been showing resistance through legal action and denying legal petitions so they can hang on to their ill-gotten gains, but if it comes to that, we’ll be there. If this law passes however, we’ll have cut the problem off at the source.

For all of you that have contacted Free Denton and asked how you can help – this is your moment.

Interested in SB340? Read about it here. The bill does not harm or injure any local, home rule authority. The ONLY thing this bill does is change the wording of the EXISTING state law which allowed this scam to proliferate in the first place.

List of the members of the Transportation Committee and their contact info at the capitol:

The Honorable Robert Nichols
P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711
(512) 463-0103
1-800-959-8633 (toll-free)

The Honorable Don Huffines
P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711
(512) 463-0116

The Honorable Rodney G. Ellis
P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711
(512) 463-0113
(512) 463-0006 (fax)

The Honorable Sylvia R. Garcia
P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711
(512) 463-0106

The Honorable Troy Fraser
P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711
(512) 463-0124

The Honorable Bob Hall
P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711
(512) 463-0102
(512) 463-7202 (fax)

The Honorable Kelly Hancock
P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711
(512) 463-0109

The Honorable Lois Kolkhorst
P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711
(512) 463-0118

The Honorable Van Taylor
P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711
(512) 463-0108

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3 responses to “The Time for Action – Ending Red Light Camera Scams in Texas

  1. BC GROVES (THAT IS MY NAME, NOT INITIALS.)

    I am scheduled to speak to the Denton City Council about its red light cameras on February 16, 2016. I think they are unfair and even dangerous and do not serve the purported purpose for which they are touted.

    Please come and support me with your presence.

    BC Groves
    940 591 6781
    bcgroves@gmail.com

  2. I’ve been a Denton resident for a bit over a year after migrating from Highland Village. I didn’t even realize red light cameras existed in the city until recently when I received a bill for $75.00 for a camera violation at Lillian Miller and I-35. Yes, the light turned red before my car was through the intersection and occurred after an approximately 12 minute wait caused by the god-awful state of Lillian Miller from Teasley to I-35. SB714, introduced in the 84th Legislature to restrict the use of cameras actually passed the Senate by a 25-5 vote. It unfortunately never made it out of a House committee for a vote, despite similar bills receiving House approval in previous years. I guess the cities still using the little money-makers get to keep doing so until the Legislature meets again in 2017. Meanwhile, I haven’t decided whether to pay or ignore mine.

    • Yeah, senate or house, they’ve always got one bought person to keep the lights going. It’s a tough call if you are registering Denton county. Fort Worth tax assessor refuses to play cop and will register with a violation. Denton on the other hand doesn’t. Not that I’m giving advice on the matter, but if someone you share common property with (like your wife) were to title the vehicle in her name…

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