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.