On June 2, 2019, the City of Denton terminated its Red-Light Camera Enforcement Program.
The program was implemented to improve intersection safety and operated up to 11 cameras at nine intersections. On June 1, 2019, Gov. Greg Abbott signed House Bill 1631, which prohibits red-light camera programs in the state of Texas.
Here are answers to frequently asked questions about the program:
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How long did Denton operate red-light cameras?
On Dec. 7, 2004, the City of Denton adopted Ordinance 2004-389 authorizing a photographic traffic signal enforcement (red-light camera) system. The City entered into a contract with Redflex Traffic Systems USA for administration of the program on Nov. 15, 2005.
Why is Denton ending the red-light camera program?
The Texas Legislature recently passed House Bill 1631, which prohibits Texas cities from operating red-light camera programs. In addition, the law prohibits the withholding of vehicle registrations for non-payment of outstanding citations.
When does the City’s program officially end?
The City’s program officially ended on June 2, 2019. This is the effective date of House Bill 1631. Additionally, the City’s agreement with Redflex was terminated by City Council action on June 11, 2019. Staff is currently coordinating with Redflex for the removal of all cameras and equipment from City rights-of-way.
Do I have to pay outstanding citations issued by the City of Denton’s program?
No. The City of Denton is no longer collecting payments on outstanding violations, and all outstanding violations will be dismissed.
If I previously paid for a citation, will I receive a refund?
No refunds for previously paid citations will be issued.
I am in the middle of an appeal for a red-light camera citation. What is my status?
Any citations currently in the appeal process are also dismissed.
My vehicle registration is on hold due to an outstanding red-light camera citation. What do I do?
House Bill 1631 removes the ability for the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles or counties to withhold vehicle registrations due to non-payment of a red-light camera citation. Please contact the Tax Assessor-Collector for the county in which you reside discuss your registration hold status.
How will the City continue to ensure safety at the intersections previously monitored by red-light cameras?
City traffic engineers are currently evaluating options, including adjustment to signal timings, to help ensure the safety of these intersections. Additionally, the City is currently in the budget development process for next fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 2019, and is evaluating available resources to continue to focus on maintaining public safety and traffic safety.