Would You Vote For or Against Red Light Cameras In Houston?

 It  looks like Houston residents  will have a chance to vote on two controversial issues during the November election.

RENEW Houston seeks to pass a city charter amendment to impose a fee to repair flooding and drainage issues, and now a group wants voters to decide if the city should continue operating red light cameras.

The group  Citizens Against Red Light Cameras says it has collected enough signatures to require the city to place the measure on the ballot.

Should be a really interesting  election year.  The hot button topic of  red light cameras could help drive up voter turnout in a year that also boasts a gubernatorial election and several contested judicial races.

For Immediate Release

The grass roots group of citizens, known as Citizens Against Red Light Cameras will present petitions signed by Houston’s citizens who oppose the use of photogenic cameras in the City of Houston. The group led by Attorney Paul Kubosh will present over 30 thousand verified signatures to the city’s secretary. The citizens will gather on the steps of City Hall, Monday August 9, 2010 at 2pm. In attendance will be members of the clergy, housewives, community activists, students as well as a diverse group of Houstonians.

Citizens Against Red Light Cameras want the controversial cameras brought before the public on the November 2, 2010 election. Twenty-two thousand verified signatures are required by the City of Houston to place the measure on the ballot. The group collected the required signatures by mailing out petitions and by canvassing door to door in targeted precincts. Attorney Paul Kubosh said, “We were ecstatic at the response of the community. Many expressed how grateful they were for us taking the initiative to end the use of red light cameras in Houston.”

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3 Responses

  1. I would vote for red light cameras.

    The overall number and severity of these accidents are reduced when there is more vigilance at intersections. The only way that I know to do this is by being a safer driver, but clearly not everyone else feels the same. This is why I want more red light cameras to watch more intersections.

  2. NO RED LIGHT CAMERAS! ACCIDENTS DOUBLED at Houston intersections when red light cameras were installed, according to the City of Houston’s OWN STUDY by Rice University. The City of Houston has chosen to sacrifice our public safety to make more revenue, and this choice in unconscionable.

    These things are worse than a tax – they are a tax where we don’t even get all the benefits. A private Arizona company is making 4.9 million dollars this year alone from Houston’s red light cameras, all of which should benefit US.

    Furthermore, we don’t need any more big brother government cameras watching us every second of every day. Even if you aren’t even running the lights, thousands of people have been wrongly accused, especially for turning right on red, getting out of the way of emegency vehicles, etc.

    There are other better solutions than red light cameras that ACTUALLY reduce red light running, like longer yellow lights. But this wouldn’t make the city millions of dollars from our pockets.

    NO RED LIGHT CAMERAS!

  3. 20 reasons to oppose photo radar. Includes accident data:

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