Dallas Cops To Pay Red-Light Fines On Non-Emergency Runs


Dallas police and firefighters will have to pay up if they run afoul of the city’s red-light cameras, says the Dallas Morning News. Any Dallas police officer in a marked squad car who is captured on the city’s cameras running a red light will have to pay the $75 fine if the incident doesn’t comply with state law. Firefighters who run red lights will have to pay if they’re not on an emergency run. Many police officers are angry about the change. Officers have believed that they can run red lights as they see fit. “I know that a lot of the officers are not real happy about it,” said James Bristo, second vice president of the Dallas Fraternal Order of Police. “Nobody out here is just running red lights left and right.”

Since mid-January, cameras have recorded at least 355 emergency vehicles running red lights. Not all of those vehicles belonged to the city of Dallas. So far, the Dallas Police Department has received notice of 103 marked vehicles and six unmarked vehicles running red lights. Out of the six unmarked vehicles, three officers were found to have run red lights without proper cause and will have to pay fines. Bristo said officers are worried that the policy won’t take into account extenuating circumstances. “I think what they’re worrying about is what if it’s 2 o’clock in the morning, you’re headed to a call but it’s not an emergency call. If I roll right through that light, I might save myself a minute or two. With some calls, that minute or two can make a lot of difference.”

Link: http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/041207dnmetredlights.3051d8c.html

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