If our red light cameras make our streets safer, I'm all for them. We have far too many auto and truck accidents here in the Dallas and Fort Worth area. and far too many people getting killed or injured.
But today's Dallas Morning News reports that a lot of wrecks are caused by drivers who slow down or slam on their brakes and are rear ended at these intersections.We're representing plenty of people injured when this happens.
And the process involved can be onerous. Once his vehicle is photographed, the owner is given 30 days to either pay a fine of $75.00 or request -- and attend -- a hearing downtown
(or submit an affidavit and documents proving he didn't own the vehicle). Most people pay the fine.
But the cameras can be unreliable. Lots of cars are speeding through the intersection. License plates can be hard to see. My paralegal just spoke out against these cameras on a local news station when he was wrongly ticketed.
We all know why they exist: they generate a lot of money to cities. Fort Worth earns $12 million a year - split with the installer and state - the same as Dallas. Really? Many cities have taken the cameras down or curtailed their use, but we added 10 new cameras last fall.
•Eastbound East Long Avenue at Deen Road
•Westbound East Long Avenue at Deen Road
•Eastbound Northwest 25th Street at Clinton Avenue
•Westbound Northwest 25th Street at Clinton Avenue
•Eastbound Northeast 28th St. at Decatur Avenue
•Eastbound Western Center Boulevard at North Freeway (I-35)
•Westbound Western Center Boulevard at North Freeway (I-35)
•Southbound South Hulen Street at Bellaire Drive
•Southbound South Hulen Street at Overton Ridge Boulevard
•Southbound Eastchase Parkway at Meadowbrook Drive
•Northbound Beach Street at Western Center Boulevard
•Eastbound Western Center Boulevard at Beach Street
•Westbound Western Center Boulevard at Beach Street
•Westbound East Lancaster Avenue at Sandy Lane
•Westbound East Rosedale Street at South Handley
•Southbound McCart Avenue at Westcreek Drive
•Northbound McCart Avenue at Westcreek Drive
•Northbound Bryant Irvin Road at West Vickery Road
•Southbound Bryant Irvin Road at West Vickery Road
•Northbound Alta Mere Drive at Calmont Avenue
•Eastbound East Lancaster Avenue at Riverside Drive
•Northbound Beach Street at Scott Avenue
•Northbound Eighth Avenue at Elizabeth Boulevard
•Southbound Eighth Avenue at Elizabeth Boulevard
•Eastbound West Weatherford Street at Houston Street
•Northbound South Hulen Street at Southwest Loop 820 East Service Road
•Southbound South Hulen Street at Southwest Loop 820 East Service Road
•Northbound Trail Lake Drive at Southwest Loop 820 Service Road
•Eastbound Trinity Boulevard at State Highway 360
•Westbound Trinity Boulevard at State Highway 360
•Southbound McCart Avenue at Altamesa Boulevard
•Westbound I-30 Service Road at Ashland Avenue
•Eastbound East Berry Street at I-35 Service Road
•Westbound East Berry St. at I-35 Service Road
•Westbound West Belknap Street at North Henderson Street
Cameras to be activated Nov. 1, 2011
•Westbound Northwest 28th Street at North Main Street
•Southbound North Main Street at Northwest 28th Street
•Westbound I-20 at Granbury Road
•Southbound Alta Mere Drive at Camp Bowie Boulevard
•Southbound FM 157 at Trinity Boulevard
•Northbound Highway 820 off-ramp at Randol Mill Road
•Eastbound Sycamore School Road/West Everman Parkway at Crowley Road/FM 731
•Westbound Sycamore School Road at McCart Avenue
•Westbound Camp Bowie Boulevard at Westridge Avenue
•Southbound University Drive at White Settlement Road
Dallas County locations are here.
If you have any questions about collisions in the DFW area, please contact me.