Get Ready To Vote On The Future of Red Light Cameras

Do you hate or support red-light cameras at dangerous intersections?

Get ready to vote on the issue in November.

On Tuesday,  Mayor Annise Parker and the Houston City Council voted to certify thousands of  signatures  that were collected by one anti-red light camera group.

Now the fate of those cameras will be decided in November. 

Designed to act as a deterrent to running red lights, the cameras  also generate revenue for the City of  Houston.

Motorists  receive a ticket in the mail within days of  the violation. The fine is  $75.

2 On The Beat received statements from two different groups that support red light cameras.  I’ve posted their reaction below:

KEEP HOUSTON SAFE PAC STATEMENT

First, it is imperative to note that the Council’s action today related to election law and not the effectiveness of Houston’s intersection safety camera program.  Keep Houston Safe PAC is proud to have the support of Houston Mayor Annise Parker as well as Couniclmembers Clutterbuck, Lovell, Gonzalez, Rodriguez, Hoang, Costello, Pennington, Adams, Stardig and Johnson. That said, starting today, the voters of Houston have a clear choice between a self-serving traffic ticket attorney and his clients — who oppose holding red light runners accountable for their dangerous behavior — versus the Texas Children’s Hospital, Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, the Houston Police Officer’s Union, and the 65 percent of Houston voters who want to see this vital and effective traffic program continue.  Additional supporters of intersection safety cameras include the Houston Police Officers Union, African American Police Officers League, Harris County Afro-American Sheriff’s Deputy League, Texas Children’s Hospital, Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, Harris County Hospital District, Texas Hospital Association, Texas EMS, Trauma & Acute Care Foundation and many, many more.  Let the campaign begin!   

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American Traffic Solutions values the City of Houston as a strong partner in advancing road safety in Texas, and understands that the action today has no bearing on the strong support that intersection safety cameras continue to have with Houston voters and on the City Council.  We respect this result, and will continue to honor our commitment of reducing collisions, saving the lives of Houstonians, and supporting local trauma care centers and traffic safety programs as long as the voters and Council wish. ATS is proud to have the support of Houston Mayor Annise Parker as well as Councilmembers Clutterbuck, Lovell, Costello, Rodriguez, Adams, Gonzalez, Pennington, Hoang, Stardig and Johnson. 

 ATS is optimistic that 65 percent of Houston voters support intersection safety cameras and ATS is proud to stand with leaders who support intersection safety cameras like Texas Children’s Hospital, Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, the Houston Police Officer’s Union, African American Police Officers League and many more. ATS looks forward to the campaign and supporting all the great efforts of Keep Houston Safe PAC.

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2 Responses

  1. […] This isn’t an R/D issue, and I expect there will be supporters and opponents on both sides. (Mary Benton lists ten supporters on Council.) The question will be who takes some kind of action one way or the […]

  2. There’s an oxymoron an “intersection safety camera”. To date, after ten years, the camera’s safety benefit has yet to be independently proven. Out of ten red light camera referendums put to public vote, safety prevailed. The cameras lost every time in spite of the camera vendor’s well-financed misinformation campaign.

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