Red Light Camera Saga Continues

Aug. 16, 2011 in News Articles

Mayor Annise Parker has called a special meeting of City Council for Friday to consider outlawing red-light cameras in Houston once and for all.

Council will consider repealing the ordinance that authorized the use of the cameras.

The cameras were shut off last November after the voters citywide rejected them in a ballot referendum. Parker ordered them turned on again last month following a federal judge’s ruling declaring the election invalid. Then, last week she introduced a resolution seeking council’s approval to turn off the cameras and fight vendor American Traffic Solutions in court over breach of contract.

Approval of the repeal ordinance Friday would be a point of no return in the on-again off-again saga, codifying in city law a prohibition on the cameras’ use. Parker made clear she expects a decision Friday with no parliamentary maneuvers to delay a vote.

“If a council member tags it, it means they’re trying to play games with the process. The council members have all made up their minds,” Parker said.

The resolution on Wednesday’s agenda calls for the Council to endorse the mayor’s legal fight with ATS and sets up a later vote on repeal of the camera ordinance.

From Chron.com, by Chris Moran.