A driver of a motor vehicle running a red light typically results in tragedy.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, over 100,000 crashes
and 1,000 deaths are caused by running red lights annually. In Texas,
there were more than 12,000 collisions in 2008 due to red light violations.
Chapter 707 of the Texas Transportation Code enables local jurisdictions
the authority to install photographic traffic signal enforcement systems
– also known as red light cameras – at their intersections.
Red light cameras detect motor vehicles that pass sensors after a traffic
light has turned red. These sensors are connected to computers, which
receive the photograph taken by high-speed camera as soon a violation
The main purpose of red light cameras is to improve intersection safety.
Fines collected through red light camera violations are used to pay for
the installation, operation, administration, and maintenance of the photographic
If you do not pay your red light camera ticket, it may affect your ability
to register your vehicle.
However, the Texas Senate has voted to ban the use of red light cameras
recently. The Senate has twice voted in recent years to ban red light
cameras, but the measures have failed to pass the Texas House.
For more information,
contact our Houston criminal defense attorney at
The Law Office of Jason Luong, PLLC and schedule a
free consultation today.