Texas Drivers Trashing "Red-Light" Camera Tickets

Texas – A newspaper survey of a dozen North Texas cities found that nearly 30 percent of the more than 1.3 million red-light camera violations issued from 2008 until 2010 went unpaid.

The violations don't go on driving records, and the penalties cannot be reported to a credit bureau. Many drivers simply throw their red-light camera tickets into the trash and get away with it.

The survey by The Dallas Morning News found that, at $75 a ticket, plus a $25 late fee, nearly $30 million in fines went unclaimed ( ).

Grand Prairie police spokesman Eric Hansen, echoing the opinion of other law-enforcement agencies, said if people do not mind being badgered by a bill collector, "there's not a lot we can do."

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.