Lawmaker wants to put the brakes on red light cameras

(KXAN Photo/Lauren Kravets)
(KXAN Photo/Lauren Kravets)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A Texas lawmaker wants to put a stop to red light cameras, at least when it comes to expanding them.

State Rep. Joe Pickett says he plans to introduce legislation next year.

The El Paso Democrat’s proposal would force communities where red light cameras are in use to hold a referendum.

Voters would decide whether the cameras can be continued to be used. Pickett says he doesn’t support an outright ban on red light cameras, but says folks should have a say on the matter.

“There may be some intersections where they have done some good,” Pickett said. “But I believe the decision should have support of the local community.”

Just last week, KXAN reported the city of Hutto is potentially getting rid of two red light cameras. 

Round Rock dropped the cameras earlier this year while the city of Austin says it plans to keep them. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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