Back in June, Montgomery County Commissioners Court approved the installation of two red light cameras in The Woodlands, though just for "informational" purposes at the time, as the levying of fines was not part of that. Well, now it is, or will be as of October 1.
Motorists caught running a red light in The Woodlands will be slapped with a $75 citation under a new ordinance adopted Monday by Montgomery County Commissioners Court.
The ordinance enables county enforcement of red-light cameras that have been installed at two busy intersections in the master-planned community.
The action is part of a new state law, Senate Bill 1119, that gives counties the same power as cities to operate red-light cameras and issue tickets.
The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office and Precinct 3 Constable's Office will review the red-light video and photographs and decide whether a violation has occurred.
The constable's office will administer the enforcement program. Precinct 3 Constable Tim Holifield said there will be a 30-day period in which violators will receive a warning from Redflex Traffic Systems of Arizona, the contractor hired to operate the cameras.
Law enforcement will begin issuing $75 citations beginning Oct. 1, Holifield said. Violators will be hit with an additional $25 if they pay late, he said.
The cameras are on Woodlands Parkway at Woodloch Forest and East Panther Creek. Woodlands Parkway is a major east-west thoroughfare that connects to Interstate 45.
Precinct 3 Commissioner Ed Chance, whose precinct includes most of The Woodlands, said additional cameras might be installed in community but no decision has been made yet.