From yesterday, the Houston City Council has voted to approve the use of red light cameras at certain intersections.
The red-light vote ended more than a year of debate about whether the city should monitor Houston motorists and, if so, who should be hired to develop the system.
The vote clears the way for the contractor, Arizona-based American Traffic Solutions Inc., to begin installing cameras within 45 days, initially at 10 city intersections, after a monthlong public awareness campaign.
The measure had been delayed several times while another contractor vying for the deal raised concerns about the selection process.
Mayor Bill White, who first brought the issue to the council in 2004, said the cameras will protect motorists.
"It's a big day for public safety in Houston," he said. "Unfortunately, we're not short on intersections where there have been lots of intersectional collisions or red-light violations."
Critics have charged that the real intent of the cameras is to raise city revenue through the civil penalties that would be assessed against violators caught on camera.
Those $75 violations wouldn't count against a motorist's driving record, unlike tickets issued by police officers.
I know, I know, it'll never happen. Ah, well. It was worth a shot.Posted by Charles Kuffner on June 02, 2006 to Planes, Trains, and Automobiles | TrackBack