Texas calls off speed camera plan

| 9/4/2007

The Texas Department of Transportation has called off a controversial pilot program that would have tested the use of cameras to catch speeders in that state.

In a letter to lawmakers last week, Transportation Commission Chairman Ric Williamson said that growing opposition to the program has convinced him to postpone it.

According to the Dallas Morning News, Williamson said he was holding back the program until at least June 2009 – but he’s not giving up on the idea entirely.

The pilot program drew intense fire from state legislators when it was announced just months after the legislature had passed laws preventing the use of speed cameras by local governments.

Texas already has more than 2,000 cameras – including red light cameras and toll collection cameras – in use throughout the state.