Austin pulls the plug on red light cameras

June 04, 2019 - 5:46 pm
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AUSTIN (Talk1370.com) -- Red light cameras are a thing of the past in Austin.

City officials said the program ended Tuesday morning. "The City has directed our vendor to cease red light camera enforcement. Any traffic ticket photos taken after June 1, 2019 shall be null and void," officials said.

Austin had 10 intersections with the cameras, under a contract first approved in 2008:

  • Mopac (Burnet) NB & Howard/Wells Branch - EB approach
  • Mopac (Burnet) SB & Howard/Wells Branch - EB approach
  • Lamar EF & Ben White EB (SF) - EB approach
  • Mo-Pac SB Svc Rd & US Hwy 290 EB - EB approach
  • I 35 NB Svc Rd & 11 1 h - both NB and EB approaches (2 approaches)
  • I 35 SB Svc Rd & 15th - SB approach
  • Riverside & Pleasant Valley - SB approach of south intersection
  • Lamar WF & Ben White (or Capital of TX) WB/NB - WB approach
  • I 35 SB Svc Rd & MLK - WB approach

The city's current contract with Redflex Traffic Systems was set to run through March 19, 2023; the agreement contained a clause calling for a "no-fault termination" in the event that legislative changes prohibited the red light camera program from continuing.

The move follows Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signing a bill into law Saturday banning the cameras statewide. That law went into effect immediately upon his signature because it passed both the Texas House and Texas Senate with a two-thirds majority.

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