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August 31, 2007

Texas says no to speed cameras ... for now

The Texas Department of Transportation has changed its mind about testing speed cameras. The use of cameras to catch speeders will be postponed until June 2009, Texas Transportation Commission chairman Ric Williamson told state Rep. Vicki Truitt of Keller in a letter this week. READ THE LETTER

Truitt passed a bill earlier this year prohibiting cities -- including Rhome, northwest of Fort Worth -- from using speed cameras. She was incensed when the state agency then initiated a $2.5 million pilot project to use speed cameras on Texas 6 between Bryan and College Station, and Interstate 10 in Hudspeth County, east of El Paso.Speed_camera_3

The idea was to photograph license plate numbers of speeders and send them a warning by mail. Many transportation technology experts believe camera systems will someday be widely used to issue tickets. Today, many cities are using cameras to issue tickets for red light violations.

"Our method of justice has always been innocent until proven guilty." -- Truitt.Truitt_2

"We are constantly looking for new ways to reduce accidents on our highway system." -- Williamson.Ric2_2

Read about the speed camera issue in the U.K. HERE ...


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For once someone is realistic. Surely Truitt will leave government service for a private sector job. No one that smart ever stays elected.

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