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Red light cameras in Texas

POSTED: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - 6:26pm

UPDATED: Monday, June 28, 2010 - 3:45pm

LONGVIEW - The city of Longview is one of more than 35 Texas cities that have red light cameras installed at intersections to catch and ticket red light runners.  More than $62 Million Dollars were collected in fines in 2009. Houston leads the pack with almost $25 Million in fines since 2007.  And Dallas isn't far behind with $14 Million.

But smaller cities like Longview don't collect enough fines to pay for the leasing of their cameras.  In fact, the city was $300,000 dollars short of breaking even.

Kevin Brownlee of the Longview Police Department says it's about keeping the city safe and not about making money.

Here are the locations of the cameras in Longview right now:

Spur 63 / Marshall Ave

Eastman / Estes

4th / Loop 281

McCann / Loop 281

HG Mosley / Marshall

Cotton / Mobberly

Bill Owens / Loop 281

Judson / Hollybrook

 

Jessica Wilson / KETKnbc.com

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I think this shows it's not all about the money if the town wants to operate cameras even when they're not turning a profit off of the fines. I'm glad they're keeping the cameras in light of this, to show the community that they truly are there for safety.

Obviously it has to be a little about the money as the city has to make enough to break even on the cameras, but really creates a safer environment for drivers. Just have to ask yourself, if you were to get a ticket running a red light and get fined, will you be more likely to watch what you are doing next time and avoid running red lights?

QUIT INSULTING PEOPLE'S INTELLIGENCE BY CONSTANTLY B.S.ING THE GENERAL PUBLIC ABOUT COPS AND DPS OFFICERS BEING CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR SAFETY...THEY ARE CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR WALLET AND REVENUE..THEY COULDN'T CARE ANY LESS WHAT HAPPENS TO YOU,AS LONG AS IT GENERATES SOME MONEY FOR THEM.LOOK AT ARTICLES REPORTING VEHICLE ACCIDENTS...I HAVE YET TO READ ONE THAT SAYS,"DPS WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS THEIR CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY".NO IT IS ALWAYS"DPS REPORTS THEY WERE/WERE NOT WEARING THEIR SEATBELT"

What about some stats re: how the cameras are reducing accidents instead of always focusing on how much they generate? They wouldn't generate so much if people would OBEY the LAW!

Posting the locations of the cameras is a very affective way to make them work even better. Drivers don't want to risk getting a ticket either live or by radar.

So keep it up. Everyone will be safer.

Posting the locations of the cameras is a very affective way to make them work even better. Drivers don't want to risk getting a ticket either live or by radar.

So keep it up. Everyone will be safer.

Cameras are a proven and effective method of enforcement. You may not get the ticket right away, but that fine sure stings and sticks in your brain when you get on the road for years after. That's fine by me.

I am glad that Longview has the courage to keep these tools in place.

The cost of the program is insignificant compared to the safety it can help provide. Like Samster said, once they get caught they sure won't make the same mistake again. The cameras are there to ensure that people drive safely and according to the laws of the road.

As long as it remains legal to borrow and drive another person's car, and as long as machines like cameras are unable to ticket THE DRIVER, we will have a far from perfect and far from just situation when using video to generate tickets.

If the cameras keep losing money they will be cut off. If they are not cut off then someone is taking a kick back. Red Light Cameras offer no benefit. They are lying to you. See www.nocamerashouston.com

No Kevin, it's about money, it's always about money. Now that so many are compliant with the law on seatbelts and not much revenue coming in, what will they think of next? They now have backseat passengers that have to be compliant with seatbelt laws, but the click it or ticket wasn't too profitable. They'll have to think up some other law in which to ticket people. Just for little ole us that they are so worried about. Please...

Obviously it's not about making money. The city is 300K in the hole on LEASED equipment. These cameras are broke more often than they work. Does the city have to pay for the time that the cameras are broken or construction is being done on monitored intersections?

For 300K you could station an officer at almost all of those intersections in the city of Longview 40 hrs a week. No, instead we get malfunction prone big brother equipment so a 3rd party can extort money from misbehaving drivers.

They will eventually kill the cameras if they continue to lose money. If they operate them at a loss then someone is getting a kick back. Cameras do not provide any safety benefit.

You can't put a price on safety. Think about how many officers were able to work a much more dangerous crime than watching red lights for people that run them.

I say keep the cameras, the benefits are too great.

Cameras don't allow officers to work other crimes. Cameras allow officers to move to different intersections to write tickets.

The best thing about having the red light cameras is that they keep our pedestrians and divers safe from inattentive divers. Once they get a ticket, they'll pay attention at every red light.

You get a ticket 30 days after you run the light. It is a stupid way to punish. Do you punish your child 30 days after he/she does something wrong?

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