AUSTIN, Texas — The speed camera program in Texas has been under attack from the state’s Republican-led legislature and its governor, who has ordered its rollback.
But the program is far from finished, and the state says it plans to spend more than $2 million on its implementation this year.
And while there is no evidence that the program has caused any crime in Texas, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office has threatened to sue the state if it doesn’t comply.
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Last week, Paxton wrote to Texas Department of Public Safety Commissioner Mike Bennett and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, asking for help.
The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Austin, is based on Texas Attorney Gen. David Lapan’s office and the Texas Department, which has jurisdiction over the program.
The suit claims that the speed camera system has been “systematically misused” and has been used as an “illegal search tool.”
The lawsuit asks that the system be suspended, and that the Attorney General’s office take “appropriate enforcement action.”
The Texas Department has defended the speed cameras in the past, saying that it “has done nothing wrong.”
But Bennett and Sessions have said that the agency did nothing wrong, and they have threatened to file lawsuits.
The speed cameras program has cost taxpayers nearly $7 billion since 2005.