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Thousands Of Austin Red Light Camera Tickets Going Unpaid
What happens if you run a red light, and get caught on camera?
You pay it, right?
We found out thousands of violations in Austin are not getting paid.
According to the Austin municipal court there have been more than 49,000 red violations since the program first started in 2008.
There have also been more than 11,000 tickets which haven't been paid.
A check through the records shows some of the unpaid tickets date back to 2008.
At $75 a ticket that adds up to more than $825,000 the city isn't able to cash in on.
Add in a $25 late fee and that's an extra $275,000, pushing the total over one million bucks.
Officials with Austin municipal court say there is very little recourse.
"Currently after 30 days we add $25 late fee, and if the ticket is still outstanding after six months we send it to our collection agency,” said Municipal Court financial manager Gloria Esparza.
Texas legislators set up red light cameras as civil offense not as a crime.
So for the moment even if you drive on red, other than a ding on the credit there is nothing stopping people from blowing right through.