AUSTIN (KXAN) - A court ruling in Dallas against a red-light camera companycould effect the company that operates Austin's red-light cameras.There are five red-light cameras already set up around the Austinarea, and more are on the way.
Those caught running a red light will find the camera snapping apicture of their license plate, and they will be sent a $75 fine.According to the Redflex Website, the company has 39 contracts across the state, including thecontract with the City ofAustin.
After receiving a citation in the mail, Dallas Attorney LloydWard decided to do a little digging on how ACS, whichruns the cameras in Dallas, operates. Ward found ACS had a businesslicense but not an occupational license. The occupational licenseis something ACS should have if they collect pictures andinformation to use for prosecution.
A judge recently ruled in favor of Ward's claims against ACS,but now Ward is suing Redflex as well as red-light camera vendorAmerican Traffic Solutions, because both companies do not have anoccupational license. ATS is another large red-light camera companythat just put up cameras in Hutto.
Ward spoke to KXAN Austin News from Dallas and hopes that allmoney collected from drivers will be returned until each red-lightcompany obtains the proper license to continue operating inTexas.
"If we are able to maintain and go forward with the suit, whichwe anticipate we will, this isn't just going to effect Dallas,"said Ward. "The entire state of Texas will benefit, and it willbenefit people in Austin."
The City of Austin legal team is aware of the lawsuit and plansto talk to KXAN after KXAN Austin News at Noon on Tuesday. Evenbefore a judgment is made in the suits involving the cameracompanies, Ward plans to take his firms' findings to the Office ofAttorney General Greg Abbott.
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