However, in Sugar Land, officials are crediting the cameras with a drop in crashes.
Jersey Village City Manager Austin Bleess said his community also saw a decrease in collisions after they started using the cameras.
"That's proof right there that that's saving lives," said Bleess. "That's preventing really bad accidents from people getting t-boned or anything like that. A major drop in the number of accidents like that really speaks for the cameras."
"We have more lanes now in the frontage road and better sight lines," he explained "and, when you have more openness like that, it usually tends to lead to more speeding, which can lead to more people running red lights."
Houston used to have red light cameras, but voters decided to turn them off about eight years ago.
Texas lawmakers have also tried to pass a statewide ban in previous sessions but their efforts failed. Abbott said he'll push for another bill banning the cameras in the 2019 session.