Houston Votes To Turn Off Red Light Cameras; City Officials Trying To Figure Out How To Cancel Contract

from the redlight-cameras-get-the-red-light dept

btr1701 alerts us to the news that Houston residents have voted to get rid of red light cameras around Houston. The vote was actually pretty close, with 52.82% wanting to ditch the cameras, and 47.18% wanting to keep them. Of course, the cameras might not disappear all that quickly. It turns out that the city -- which has made $44 million from the cameras -- has a contract with the camera provider that runs for another four years. There is a 120-day cancellation policy, so the absolute soonest that the cameras might turn off is four months or so in the future. However, the city is currently reviewing its "options." And, of course, any citation sent out while this is going on is still a valid citation, so Houston drivers shouldn't run around thinking that the cameras are already off.

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    Anonymous Coward, 8 Nov 2010 @ 2:08pm

    Yea its definitively good to see people voting these illegal taxes out of their city, i wish we could but i live here in iowa and our supreme court ruled them to be perfectly legal, it annoyed me when 3 of our justices got voted out the other day for calling a ban on gay marriage unconstitutional but since these guys legalized red light cameras to try to appease republicans pissed at them feels like they got what was coming to them. For anyone interested theres a website that chronicles the use of these cameras across the US, their acsertation is that these cameras actually cause more accidents as people slam on their breaks afraid of a ticket...http://www.motorists.org/red-light-cameras/...if cities want more revenue they should have the balls to raise taxes not add fines.

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