Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Emergency Responder Red Light Law Changes Coming

If you call police for an emergency, do you want the officer responding to your emergency to be worried about getting a red light ticket? A new law would fix a problem with photo red light laws in Texas.
The new law, which takes effect Sept. 1, clarifies existing state law, which exempts emergency vehicles from being penalized under the state's criminal traffic laws, but didn't provide an exemption for red-light camera citations.

Without the law, police, firefighters and other emergency responders risked being personally liable for any red-light civil citations they received. Such fines can run up to $75, not counting up to $25 in late fees.

"To me, it makes common sense," said Sen. Joan Huffman, a Houston Republican who authored the bill. "It doesn't seem right that these tickets were being issued." Source: Officer.com

An officer running Code 3 to an emergency has enough to worry about without having to worry if he's going to have to cough up $75 to pay for a red light ticket.

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