Effective June 2, 2019, per HB 1631, 86th Texas Legislature, local authorities are no longer permitted to install or operate photographic traffic signal enforcement systems, or red light cameras, and use of evidence from photographic enforcement systems is prohibited.

The new law does allow municipalities with ordinances enacted before May 7, 2019, that entered into a contract for the administration and enforcement of a photographic traffic signal enforcement system to continue to operate the system under the ordinance, contract, and Chapter 707 of the Texas Transportation Code until the expiration date specified in the contract, as long as the contract does not include language allowing termination of the agreement if the systems are banned. These municipalities should continue to submit Post-Activation Annual Reports to TxDOT as specified in the section on Post-Activation Annual Reports below.

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Post-Activation Annual Reports

Transportation Code, §707.004, requires that after installing a camera, the local authority shall monitor and annually report to TxDOT the number and type of traffic crashes to determine the impact of photographic traffic signal enforcement.

  • A report needs to be completed and submitted for every intersection where a photographic traffic signal enforcement camera is installed.
  • All cities with photographic traffic signal enforcement systems active anytime between July 1, 2018 and June 2, 2019 must submit final post-activation reports.
  • Pursuant to Section 7 of HB 1631, 86th Legislature, municipalities meeting certain criteria may continue to operate photographic traffic signal enforcement systems. Such municipalities must continue to compile and submit to the department annual reports after installation showing the number and type of crashes that have occurred at the intersection(s) as long as the systems are in place.
  • Those municipalities that do not meet the criteria contained in Section 7 of House Bill 1631, 86th Legislature, can no longer implement or operate photographic traffic enforcement systems.
  • The time frame for all annual reports will be from July 1 of the previous year through June 30 of the current year.
  • The deadline for submitting Post-Activation Annual Reports for the July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019, reporting period was 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019.

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