To help provide an incentive for drivers to heed traffic lights,
many cities in Texas have installed red light cameras at major
intersections. These cameras are activated only if a car proceeds
through the intersection after the light turns red. There is usually a
short grace period of approximately half a second. If a vehicle
proceeds through intersection instead of stopping for a red light, the
cameras photograph the license plate of the offending vehicle. The
photographs are examined by trained police officers, and if it’s
determined that a violation did occur, the owner of the vehicle is
mailed a red light ticket. So, next time you are tempted to run a Texas
red light, remember that the red light may be watching you!
To help protect the rights of
drivers, Texas has laws in place that govern the use of red light
cameras. For example, the cameras are only allowed to take pictures of
vehicles that actually run a red light. It is illegal for a city to use
Texas red light cameras to take a picture of every vehicle that crosses
the intersection. Also, the municipality must post signs at least 100
feet from the intersection itself to inform drivers of the cameras.
Dangers of Running Red Lights
Unfortunately, not everyone heeds the law. Sometimes, people are too
impatient or too rushed to stop for the red light. They charge through
the intersection, risking a wreck in their zeal to get where they are
going without stopping. It's only logical that running a Texas red
light would be dangerous and cause an accident. Read more...
Number of Red Light Tickets Issued
Texas has a major problem with drivers running red lights. For
example, according to the Dallas City Hall website, out of all 50
states Texas ranks 4th when it comes to the number of red-light
fatalities per person. Sure, we want to be competitive, but not for
Red Light Camera Locations
Find a red light camera in your area. Read more...
What Are Traffic Lights?
Traffic lights are structures placed at the intersection of two
roads. Using different colored lights, they let drivers know when it is
their turn to go across the intersection. Wherever there's an
intersection, there's the possibility of an accident if two cars try to
cross at the same time. The purpose of a traffic light is to keep
wrecks and other traffic accidents from happening by allowing traffic
to proceed in an orderly manner, one direction at a time. Read more...
What To Do If You Ran a Red Light
If you are stopped for running a Texas red light, you will be issued
a citation and will need to either pay the fine or appear in court.
Fines for Texas red light tickets vary depending on the municipality
where you were stopped, and also based on whether a policeman stopped
you or your vehicle was merely caught on camera. Read more...