An effort to end Fort Worth’s red light cameras fails, but will the state pull the plug?

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Law enforcement by camera.

Anna Tinsley reports for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: “The days of red light cameras in Texas may be numbered.

“Organizers of a petition drive to have the cameras shut off in Fort Worth say their effort to gain enough signatures to put the issue on a ballot “fizzled,” but they hope the Texas Legislature will take up the issue next year.

“They want state lawmakers once and for all to ban these cameras, which generate millions of dollars each year for Texas and its cities.

“If we can’t kill this at the ballot box, we can kill this at the pocketbook,” said Kelly Canon of Arlington, who led a successful effort to have red light cameras shut off in Arlington three years ago. “We are looking at the Legislature to get rid of all the red light cameras, not just those in Fort Worth.”

“Many believe the cameras violate the U.S. Constitution and lead to more rear-end accidents at intersections with cameras. Others say they make streets safer and generate needed revenue for cities across the state.”

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