The Texas Senate voted yesterday to ban red-light cameras in Texas. The legislation now heads to the House for a vote. According to the Dallas Morning News, red light cameras would be phased out of their current use.

The measure by Sen. Bob Hall, R-Edgewood, would initially prohibit the future use of the cameras at intersections and then halt the use of existing camera programs as contracts between cities and camera operators expire.

Senators passed the bill on a 23-7 vote and sent it to the House, where a large number of members are believed to favor the proposal.

“This is a concept that sounded good on paper, but failed miserably in real world application,” Hall argued, citing strong opposition from the public to cities’ use of red-light cameras. The devices, which result in a maximum $75 fine for drivers photographed running red lights, have been in use in Texas since the early 2000s.

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