Amarillo explores possible consequences to unpaid red light camera violations

The City of Amarillo is looking at how to get more drivers to pay red light ticket violations. (KVII, Niccole Caan)

If you have gotten a red light camera ticket in Amarillo and haven't paid it, you likely have not faced any consequences. That could change soon.

The City of Amarillo is looking at hiring a company to collect on unpaid violations. If you do not pay the $75 initial fee for running a light, it could be harder to get back on the road legally because a hold could be placed on your state inspection and registration.

"The program is out there for safety and when violations, if there are no consequences for not paying your violation, some people could run the light and not worry about any consequences, accept possibly an accident,” said Michael Padilla, the transportation superintendent for the City of Amarillo.

The city said only about 60 percent of red light camera tickets in 2017 were paid. That is a 10 percent decrease from previous years.

The change in penalties is right now just a possibility. It still needs approval from city council.

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