Another city bans red light cameras

(August 30, 2011)  It seems that city governments that implemented red-light traffic cameras are having second thoughts.  The original idea for the cameras was to reduce intersection accidents, but it did not take long for a public uprising.  Among the criticisms was that such programs were more about increasing revenue to the cities than reducing accidents.  In 1979, after two Mississippi cities, Jackson and Columbus, instituted traffic camera programs the Mississippi Legislature overwhelming pass a law banning such cameras.

Last week the Houston, Texas City Council voted 13-1 to ban the city’s red-light traffic camera program and to repeal a 2006 law that allowed the cameras in the first place, according to an article 26, 2011 article in the New York Times.  American Traffic Solutions has threatened to file a lawsuit if the City breaks its contract.  In July, the city council in Los Angeles voted to discontinue that city’s program.


One response to “Another city bans red light cameras

  1. Phil: I live in Baytown (East of Houston, but a separate city) and like Houston, Baytown started the red light camera program at the same time. Unlike Houston, Baytown reversed the law and after a couple months, the red light camera hardware was removed.

    In Houston, the red light cameras were turned off for several months, and due to ATS lawsuit threats, the red light cameras were truned back on. I think the red light cameras are still in use in Houston but the legal process goes on.

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