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Coppell Terminates Red Light Camera Enforcement Program

With the adoption of Texas Legislature House Bill 1631, the City of Coppell has terminated its Automated Red Light Camera Enforcement Program. As of June 2, 2019, the City of Coppell will no longer enforce red light camera violations, and the City will not collect any outstanding fines. City staff is working with RedFlex, the program facilitator, to remove the cameras and signage from intersections. While the cameras may remain in place for a short period of time, they are no longer operational. 

The City of Coppell adopted a Red Light Camera Ordinance in October 2006, and the cameras became operational at select Coppell intersections in August 2007. Prior to June 2, 2019, Coppell had red light cameras in use at the following intersections: MacArthur and Belt Line Road, MacArthur and Sandy Lake, and Sandy Lake and Denton Tap. 

"The red light camera program was intended to reduce traffic accidents at select intersections," said Coppell Chief of Police Danny Barton. "As a public entity, our mission is to build a better community, not increase revenues and profits. While we will no longer use the red light cameras to enforce traffic violations, it is important for residents and commuters to remember that it is still illegal to run a red light."

For more information, contact the Coppell Police Department at 972-304-3620. 

About the Automated Red Light Camera Enforcement Program:

In fiscal year 2018, the City of Coppell collected $400,816 in fees from red light camera violations. The State of Texas Transportation Code dictates that one-half of all revenues (minus allowable expenses) from the red light camera program must be sent to the State. In fiscal year 2018, the City of Coppell's expenditures related to red light cameras totaled $251,449. However, the State of Texas only considered $209,662 to be allowable expenses when calculating the State's portion of revenue. Coppell was required to remit $95,557 to the State of Texas.  

Interestingly, because not all of Coppell's expenses associated with red light cameras were deductible, Coppell's actual net income from the red light camera program totaled $33,770,which is less than what was remitted to the state. 

The State of Texas also dictates that any net income from the program be allocated for specific uses. According to the Texas Transportation Code, these funds can only be used for traffic safety programs, pedestrian safety programs, intersection improvements and traffic enforcement. Over the course of the red light camera program, the City of Coppell used these funds to pay police officer overtime and to purchase vehicles and traffic related equipment, including motorcycles and radars.