ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) – Red Light cameras will soon be a thing of the past in Round Rock after the city council there voted to bring the program to an end Thursday night.
Council members passed a resolution authorizing the city manager to end the contract with RedFlex at the end of the year. RedFlex, the vendor who runs the camera program in the Williamson County city, has brought in more than $2 million since Round Rock’s red light camera program began in 2011; the city has collected slightly more than $175,000.
Thursday’s vote comes after Police Chief Allen Banks addressed the city council saying he has a list of 14,000 unpaid red light violations that his officers can’t collect on.
“That was something that was brought to city council, how do we hold people accountable?,” said Chief Allen Banks.
In Texas, a red light camera violation is a civil penalty, not a criminal violation. If you get pulled over running a red light that’s a $207 fine and a court date. But if you get caught by a camera, it’s a $75 fine. There’s an appeals process but there is no way Round Rock can make you pay. Secondly, some of the drivers on the list of violators live out of state; where Round Rock Police cannot collect fees.
Round Rock currently has 10 red light enforcement cameras operating at six intersections.
Moving forward, Round Rock Police plan to focus on the dangers of distracted driving.