Texas Traffic Cameras Leading to Fines, Increased Auto Insurance Rates

Yellow traffic lightTraffic cameras in Texas have given residents a new reason to drive cautiously on the state’s roads.

The cameras have been increasingly effective in nabbing violators, who are then hit with fees and raised insurance premiums. Since September 2007, the devices have brought in $100 million in fines to participating cities. The state has dealt out more than 1.2 million citations to drivers who were caught on camera committing a traffic violation, reported the Texas Tribune, citing data from the Comptroller of Public Accounts.

Intersection cameras have also cut down on the number of crashes in the state, according to the Department of Transportation. Annually, crashes decreased by 30 percent after the installation of red-light cameras, said the state.

The southbound portion of U.S. Route 67 running through Duncanville saw the highest amount of citations issued as a result of red-light cameras. Exactly 19,224 citations were doled out on that road, bringing in over $1 million in revenue, according to state data.

With such effective technology policing the country’s roads, motorists can avoid citations by committing to safer driving practices. These citations can prevent a consumer’s chances of finding cheap auto insurance policies and could cause current premiums to rise.

About John Pirro
John Pirro is a licensed fire and casualty insurance agent specializing in various aspects of the auto insurance industry. He worked in the auto body repair industry before taking a reporting position at Online Auto Insurance News.

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