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DON'T PAY A CAMERA TICKET!
Learn the facts about red light cameras in Texas. The camera companies like American Traffic Solutions (ATS) and Redflex are profiteers working with cities to extort money from drivers in their cities. They depend on deceit to get the desired revenue from drivers. Most people that get a red light camera "ticket" think they are being accused of violating the state law for running a red light. The fact is camera tickets are CIVIL penalties and you are accused of violating a city ordinance, not state law. This means your due process and equal protection constitutional rights are being violated. Most people think they will face stiff penalties for not paying a camera ticket. THAT ISN"T TRUE! The only way we can stop the cities from this illegal money grab is by NOT PAYING their optional request for revenue.
What has to happen for your registration to be blocked;
First the city must pay the state to "red flag" your registration, if they don't then it doesn't matter how you renew your registration it will go through.
If they do contract with the state to red flag your registration your local county tax assessor has to agree to block your registration as well. Many won't at all. Some may or may not depending on who you get at the window. Make sure you NEVER bring in your renewal notice if it says you are a "scofflaw" that tips them off for sure.
What Else to know;
Cities with ticket cameras MAY report to the state DMV that you are a "scofflaw" which means you have outstanding tickets and the registration on the vehicle in the violation can be blocked at the state level. This means if you mail in your registration or do it online IT WILL BE BLOCKED if the city contracts with the state DMV to flag registrations. You will also most likely have your registration blocked if you go to a third party such as at a grocery store.
The only way we know of for sure that people have renewed their registration with outstanding camera tickets that has been red flagged at the state level is at the LOCAL TAX OFFICE in person. This is the same place you would go to renew your registration or transfer a vehicle title. You can see locations for your local office here,
If you try to renew by mail, online or at a grocery store your registration will most likely be blocked for outstanding camera tickets.
COUNTIES WE HAVE BEEN TOLD ARE NOT BLOCKING REGISTRATIONS FOR OUTSTANDING CAMERA TICKETS!
Either through news articles or by reports from people with outstanding tickets that have been able to renew registrations we feel confident in passing on the information that the following counties are not blocking registrations for vehicles with outstanding camera tickets. There are many other counties that are not blocking registrations that we have not had confirmation on. Please email us if you live in another county and have been able to renew your registration with outstanding camera tickets. IF YOUR COUNTY IS NOT LISTED HERE THAT DOES NOT MEAN YOU HAVE TO PAY!
Judge Declares Red Light Camera Program to be Illegal! Orders release of registration hold!
Judge rules that red light camera program in Richardson, Texas violated state law.
Montgomery County No longer blocking Registrations!
"The Montgomery County Tax Assessor’s Office will stop punishing drivers who fail to pay fines for red-light-camera violations."
Sugar Land city officials work with camera company lawyer to reject camera petition.
"Copies of emails from Sugar Land city officials prove undeniably that the city of Sugar Land worked hand in hand with a camera company attorney to obtain legal advice on how to reject a citizen's petition to call for a vote on the dangerous and unconstitutional red light cameras,"
You can see copies of the emails for yourself by clicking on the files below.
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Texas Campaign For Liberty starts statewide petition to ban cameras!
This petition would be used to pressure Texas legislators to ban the use of cameras statewide. Sign the petition HERE
Amarillo admits camera tickets are unenforceable!
“(The city) does not have a lot of teeth in this area,” Amarillo City Attorney Marcus Norris said."
"There is the opportunity for cities to enter into an agreement with counties to stop motorists who receive a red-light camera ticket from being able to register their vehicle, but that has not happened in these parts."
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Here is the Texas law on red light cameras http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/docs/tn/htm/tn.707.htm
Here is what the law says;
Sec. 707.019. FAILURE TO PAY CIVIL PENALTY. (a) If the owner of the motor vehicle fails to timely pay the amount of the civil penalty imposed against the owner:
(1) an arrest warrant may not be issued for the owner; and
(2) the imposition of the civil penalty may not be recorded on the owner's driving record.
Failure to pay will also not go on your credit
(h) A local authority or the person with which the local authority contracts for the administration and enforcement of a photographic traffic signal enforcement system may not provide information about a civil penalty imposed under this chapter to a credit bureau, as defined by Section 392.001, Finance Code.
Although Texas law states that the city may "red flag" the vehicle's registration the local authority has to agree to do so. Harris county and several other counties ARE NOT blocking the registration on vehicles for failure to pay camera tickets. This means there is NO PENALTY FOR NOT PAYING A CAMERA TICKET!
This article shows more information about Harris County http://abc13.com/archive/7283816/
Note that Judge Emmett says that HPD should not be making the claims they are since it ISN"T TRUE! We have also confirmed that Liberty county and Calhoun county are not blocking registrations for unpaid camera tickets. Just make sure you renew IN PERSON. DO NOT renew online. If you renew online you will have your registration blocked.
WHAT THEY CAN DO
Failure to pay a camera ticket will result in a $25 late payment penalty. This is added to the amount they already cannot collect. They will turn you over to a collection agency that will send you letters demanding payment. These letters have no teeth either. They CANNOT report to your credit file for not paying. The city attorney MAY file a suit against you to collect the fine, but we have not seen any evidence the city attorney is doing that for a $75 ticket. Recently the city said they were suing people with other outstanding tickets with a balance of $1000 or more. It is not worth going to court for a $75 penalty which the camera company gets most of the money! If you continue to get letters you can force them to stop by sending them a cease and desist letter. Form letters for that can be found here.
You may also avoid camera tickets if;
you have a vehicle registered to a trust or that is leased.
Your registration address is out of state or in a county that is not blocking registrations like Harris County.
Some trucks that have a ball for towing in their bumper have been known to obscure license plate numbers making identification of the plate difficult.
THE WORD IS GETTING OUT!
Thank you for NOT paying!
Some 20,000 red-light tickets unpaid in Harlingen
DFW cities hit roadblock in collecting red-light fines
Many ticket recipients toss them away
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disclaimer; we are not attorneys and cannot give legal advice. We are posting what we understand Texas law to be and based on published reports and news articles. Nothing on this site is intended as legal advice If you have questions on your case please contact an attorney.