Appeal Filed Over Red Light Camera Battle

While the City of Houston is deciding its next move in the battle over red light cameras,  opponents  have filed an appeal with the 5th Circuit.

The appeal was filed on behalf of  Francis and Randall Kubosh, who lead the successful referendum to dismantle red light cameras.

Last November 53% of Houston voters rejected red-light cameras, however, federal Judge Lynn Hughes ruled earlier this month that the city charter requires action to overturn ordinances by referendum to take place  within 30 days of  when the ordinance was passed. Houston’s red-light ordinance passed in 2004

Last week American Traffic Solutions sent city leaders a letter saying it planned to once again begin recording citations on August 1, unless the city pays the damages ATS believes it is owed on its contract with the city.

In the Kubosh appeal attorneys argue, among other points, “if government by the people, of the people, and for the people is to have meaning in  Houston, this Court must permit Appellants to appeal the manifestly erroneous, June, 17, 2011, summary judgment granted in ATS’ favor.”

 I’ll keep you posted on what happens next.

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