Frisco police shut off remaining red-light camera on Preston Road

Red-light cameras were banned across Texas after Gov. Greg Abbott signed House Bill 1631 into law.

Red-light cameras were banned across Texas after Gov. Greg Abbott signed House Bill 1631 into law.

Frisco’s last red-light camera on Preston Road and Gaylord Parkway has been shut off following the June 1 passage of House Bill 1631 into law, Frisco police Deputy Chief David Shilson said in a statement.

The city had up to five cameras at one point but deactivated four of them in the past two years.

Shilson said 50% of red-light camera program revenue went into traffic safety initiatives, such as motor vehicle enforcement programs and training, battery backup systems, pedestrian flashers, school-zone signs and public education efforts. The revenue also funded the Shattered Dreams program, which is designed to educate students and the community about underage drinking and driving through a dramatization of an alcohol-related incident. The other half of the revenue went to the state to fund regional trauma centers.

“As far as how those things will be funded now, that remains to be seen,” Shilson said.

A report shows crashes at Preston and Gaylord decreased from 20 between 2010 and 2011 to seven crashes between 2016 and 2017. Moving forward without the red-light camera, Shilson said Frisco police will adjust accordingly to the change.

“We’ll continue to focus on safe roadways,” Shilson said.
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