3/8/15 Read what I was sent on the issue of red light cameras and (lack thereof) enforcement in payments to these tickets…….
“Ok, read and absorb the following “myths” about red-light cameras:
MYTH #1: “If I don’t pay this red-light camera ticket, it will go against my credit report.”
FACT: State (TX) law forbids unpaid tickets from being reported to credit agencies. http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/TN/htm/TN.707.htm (Statute 707.003; sub-paragraph “h”.)
MYTH #2: “If I don’t pay this red-light camera ticket, they will come arrest me.”
FACT: The City cannot issue a warrant for your arrest. Why? Because the red-light camera tickets are a civil violation (with no “teeth” in it to compel you to pay it), not a criminal violation. Criminal code is not applicable to civil citations. http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/TN/htm/TN.707.htm
MYTH #3: “If I don’t pay this red-light camera ticket, they will place a hold on my vehicle registration & renewal.”
FACT: Every county in Texas *can* enforce the tickets under the “scofflaw”, but are *not required to*. In other words, it’s up to each county’s tax assessor and/or county judge and commissioners to determine as to whether they will actually enforce the red-light camera citations, by placing a hold on vehicle registrations and renewals. In May of 2014, the city of Arlington tried (and failed) to get the county to agree to such a method of enforcement, but that agreement never saw the light of day at the commissioners court. They refused to even bring it to a vote. In Tarrant county, Tax Assessor Ron Wright has already gone on record saying that he will not enforce them for any city in the county. Dallas county, as a contrast, DOES enforce them. (elections matter!) If you are in possession of a red-light camera citation, and you are worried they won’t renew your vehicle registration, you can simply go in person to the Arlington sub-court house, and pay for your renewal there. You won’t be able to renew online or at a grocery store. But you also won’t have to pay the city’s red-light camera citation at the sub-court house!
MYTH #4: “The red-light cameras make intersections safer.”
FACT: Red-light cameras at intersections have proven to actually INCREASE the number of accidents! By 49%! Here’s just a few of those studies conducted by independent organizations:
Red-light cameras are unfair: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-red-light-camera-ticket-spikes-met-20140717-story.html
New Jersey is about to pull the plug on red-light cameras: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/new_jersey/20141108_N_J__likely_to_shut_down_red-light_cameras.html
Voters all over the country are standing up to their city’s red-light camera laws: According to unofficial elections results, Cleveland voters approved — by a three-to-one margin — a city charter change that bans using the cameras “unless a law enforcement officer is present at the location of the device and personally issues a ticket to the alleged violator at the time and date of the violation.”
And finally… Take a look at the staggering voter results from elections where the people rise up in opposition to red-light cameras in their own cities across the country! http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/36/3655.asp“
FEB 25 2015 UPDATE…
City Council voted to approve the city driven ballot for doing away with the red light cameras and Councilman Parker had this to say when he abstained his vote at 10:16 into the video….
We live with about 60 padsites of natural gas in urban Arlington gasland Texas. …. there goes Mr Parker flip flopping again-you’d think he’d look a lil more agile and athletic by now with all those gymnastics abilities he has with his conscience…if it doesn’t make money-he ain’t for it….regardless of public health implications…he thinks smokers have rights to invade non-smokers’ airshed…just like he thinks gas wells are safe in our neighborhoods. The Arlington City Charter, Article 7 Section 5 is up for bid to the highest fracking bidder.
end update after you watch my fracking nosebleed video I took this morning!…
My Arlington City Councilman, Charlie Parker has been an advocate that business owners should allow smoking if they so chose to. And of course Charlie is an avid fan of fracking too. Yet when it comes to public safety, he wants the Red Light Cameras. And when it comes to public safety he does not want Open Carry pedestrians handing out constitutions at intersections…..I do believe my councilman has the gymnastics prowess to do flip flops when it comes to agreeing with the ‘protective’ laws of the State of Texas.
When it comes to fracking near schools and neighborhoods & businesses in Arlington, Parker does not explore mandating sensible technologies to reduce public health risk…noooo that responsibility resides with the state. Yet when the state doesn’t mandate things like red light cameras, Parkers all about local law to ‘protect the public’ – except if you own your own business and people want to smoke there.
Its dizzying trying to sort out what kinds of public health risk excites Mr Parker into protecting us;
the common theme is if it makes money (fracking/red-light cameras/smoking in bars), then he’s for it.
If it doesn’t make money (handing out constitutions),
then he’s against it…
THERE PROBLEM SOLVED WE ALL NOW KNOW WHAT MAKES CHARLIE TICK $$$$.
Here is my response to Mr Parker on his blog regarding the Red Light Cameras….in case he doesn’t publish my comments….. Mr. Parker went as far as to say that Mr Ron Wright isn’t doing his job by withholding those vehicle registrations of unpaid red light runners (which a majority of them are right-on-reds).
“If he (Ron Wright) cared about the safety of the citizens, he wouldn’t renew permits of grandfathered businesses that allow smoking, or he wouldn’t allow alcohol permits to those bars whose patrons commit DWI offenses …..Mr. Wrights job (as tax assessor/collector) is to be “providing accurate, efficient, and timely service consistent with the laws of the State of Texas”. And since our City Council subscribes to permitting any driller or their contractors that are compliant to the TCEQ and the RRC ….you can eat your false words on being so caring about public safety...as last night Mansfield City Council just had an enlightening moment …“On Monday night, more allies of the group came to City Hall for the third and final reading of the gas permit, along with opponents of a new medical waste transfer and sterilization facility that wants to set up in town. Now the council had a new problem. On the one hand it had a history of punting to the state over health concerns about drilling. Austin had the “experts” and the experts had claimed it was OK. On the other hand, those same Austin experts had now claimed the very, very unpopular newly-proposed medical waste facility was hunky-dory as well. What to do?”