Texas drivers who blow through red lights — or turn right too quickly at them — have paid more than $144 million to the state over the past decade.
And that’s just half the money. The other half goes to cities where the violation occurred.
Fort Worth is one of those cities, and it now has a target on its back.
Kelly Canon, who led a successful effort to have red light cameras shut off in Arlington two years ago, is now going after Fort Worth, which made $2.44 million off the tickets in 2016.
“It is a blatant constitutional violation,” Canon said. “These cameras cannot prove you were the one driving the car at the time of the infraction. They can only take a picture and send it to the owner of the car.
“It goes against the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth amendments.”
Canon said she and others plan to spend six months gathering signatures on petitions — 20,000 or more — to persuade Fort Worth City Council members to put the issue on the November 2018 ballot and let voters decide whether the cameras that have been up since 2008 should stay.
Fort Worth City Manager David Cooke said the cameras aren’t designed to be a money-maker for the city.
“There’s a reason to have red light cameras,” he said. “It is to make the city safer and to reduce accidents and collisions at intersections. “We think they are effective.”