Plano residents surprised by red-light camera notices from 2008

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by JOBIN PANICKER

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WFAA

Posted on February 7, 2014 at 11:29 PM

Updated Saturday, Feb 8 at 2:27 PM

PLANO -- Lisa Giannopoulos hasn’t gotten a ticket in almost twenty years, so the letter she received in the mail from the city of Plano just recently was not well received.

“Opened it up, and it was informing me that I had a violation that was three-and-a-half years old,” Giannopoulos said.

She showed News 8 a letter notifying her of a red-light ticket dating back to August of 2010. And she’s not alone.

News 8 heard from many people shocked to receive notices recently, some dating back to 2008.

“They’re reissuing these reminders, letting them know that these are past-due notices,” explained Plano police spokesman David Tilley. He said these are not the first notices drivers have received about an infraction.

But Giannopoulos doesn’t remember getting the first notice.

“I just thought, ‘I have no recollection of this. I don’t recall receiving anything,’” Giannopoulos said.

Tilley said in December, Plano joined a handful of other North Texas cities that are putting holds on vehicle registrations if these bills aren’t paid up; places like Department of Public Safety offices, the Department of Motor Vehicles, and other vendors where you can register cars and trucks.

As of Friday, the Collin County Tax Assessor/Recorder has yet to honor any registration holds for people who come to the McKinney offices.

Tilley said the cameras have already paid major dividends. The money generated from the red-light tickets goes specifically to traffic safety measures in the city. He also said the cameras have cut down on accidents.

Good news, “because the majority of these intersection crashes are serious injury crashes,” Tilley said.

In Plano alone, there are close to 52,000 outstanding violations. Tilley said people can still view pictures and videos of the infractions by going to the local Redflex Traffic Systems location in Plano.

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