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Senate bill would nix red light cameras

In City Speak

Richard Yeakley

By Richard Yeakley
March 24, 2015 at 2:54 p.m.

A bill being considered by the Texas Senate would prohibit red light cameras throughout the state.

Senate Bill 1340, filed March 11 by Sen. Don Huffines, R - Dallas, is being considered by the Senate Committee on Transportation of which Huffines is the vice-chair.

The bill may be of interest to Longview residents as the Longview City Council is set to consider renewing its contract for the photo enforcement program when it meets Thursday.

The Longview Police Department is recommending the council approve a 10-year renewal on its contract with Phoenix, Arizona-based Redflex Traffic System for the program, which it credits for a 34 percent reduction in crashes at monitored intersections.

The News-Journal has reached out to Huffines' office for his rationale behind the bill.

The bill has an identical companion bill in the Texas House of Representatives, House Bill 3817.

The bill was filed by Rep. Gary Elkins, on March 13, and Monday was recommended to the House transportation committee, on which East Texas native, District 9 Rep. Chris Paddie, R - Marshall, serves.



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