Judge Denies City of Houston’s Appeal Over Red-Light Cameras
July 8, 2011

Late Friday, federal Judge Lynn Hughes set a July 19 court hearing after denying a city of Houston request to appeal his ruling regarding red-light cameras.

For now that means Mayor Parker’s plan to reactivate the red light cameras will stay on schedule while the legal issues are hashed out in court.

The city of Houston issued this statement in reaction: “It appears the court’s attempting to fast-track final disposition of the case so that the city would be able to appeal as a matter of right.”

In June, U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes  ruled last November’s election on red-light cameras violated the City Charter and should not have been placed on the ballot.   He made that decision based on a charter provision that mandates any challenge of a city ordinance by referendum must occur within 30 days of passage of the ordinance. City Council adopted an ordinance initiating the use of red-light cameras in 2004. Opponents did not mount their ballot challenge until 2010.

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Red Light Camera Company Responds To Prop 3 Election
November 3, 2010

It was a big loss for supporters of red light cameras and for American Traffic Solutions, Inc., the vendor that installed and administered Houston’s 70+ red light cameras.

Today the company issued this statement:

HOUSTON — The following is a statement by American Traffic Solutions Inc., the Scottsdale, AZ-based vendor chosen by the city of Houston in May of 2006 to install and administer Houston’s red light safety camera program:

American Traffic Solutions is proud to have stood with an unprecedented safety coalition including Houston police, firefighters, medical groups and other community leaders in support of the Keep Houston Safe campaign to keep the red light safety cameras and save lives.  Now that the voters of Houston have spoken we have reached out to city officials for their guidance on the steps ahead. These consultations have already commenced, and we pledge our fullest cooperation throughout the process.
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The Houston Police Officers’ Union also campaigned for the cameras, promoting them as a safety tool.  HPOU also supported the revenue the cameras generated. Some of the money was used for traffic safety programs in the city of Houston.