Speed-camera test postponed until '09
Star-Telegram staff writer

Texans need not worry about getting a speeding ticket in the mail, for now.

The Texas Department of Transportation has shelved plans to test speed cameras on Texas 6 near College Station and Interstate 10 in Hudspeth County east of El Paso.

The $2.5 million project, in which motorists would have been mailed warnings but not fines for violations, is postponed until June 2009, Texas Transportation Commissioner Ric Williamson of Weatherford told state Rep. Vicki Truitt, R-Keller, in a letter this week.

Truitt led the effort earlier this year to bar cities from using cameras to capture the license plate number of speeders, which put the brakes on a speed camera project in Rhome, northwest of Fort Worth. She was incensed at the state agency's plan to test cameras and said the Legislature would revisit the issue in 2009 if the plan wasn't dropped.

Many technology experts believe camera systems will someday be widely used to issue tickets for a variety of offenses. Many cities already use them for red-light violations. "We are constantly looking for new ways to reduce accidents on our highway system," Williamson wrote to Truitt.

This report includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.
Gordon Dickson, 817-685-3816