Isett's bill, which has been refereed to the House Urban Affairs Committee, would bar any 'local authority' from 'operating a photographic traffic signal enforcement system.'
The measure would also ban local governments from collecting any 'civil or administrative penalty' from the owners of vehicles which are photographed driving through red lights.
Isett's bill would overturn a 2003 measure introduced by State Representative Phil King of Weatherford which allowed use of the cameras by city and state governments, but restricted penalties to a basically uncollectible 'civil fee.'
Isett's measure comes on the heels of a bill filed by State Senator John Carona (D-Dallas) which would allow use of the red light cameras, but would require that all revenue collected from motorists be turned over to the state to help support emergency and trauma medical care.
One more thing:
1200 WOAI news reported exclusively last month that there is no enforcement mechanism which requires motorists to actually pay the tickets they receive in the mail from the Arizona based company, and, in fact, the compliance rate in Houston, which installed the cameras last fall, is in may (sic) cases no better than 10%.