If You Ran a Red-Light Camera This Morning, You'll Get Mail

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The money machine is running again.
The red-light cameras have been turned back on and fines are being issued. Much as it pains Mayor Annise Parker to get all the revenue, she will be forced to take it until the city can appeal a judge's ruling.

U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes late Friday denied a request from the city to appeal a decision he'd made that the referendum removing the cameras was invalid. That appeal will have to wait until the case is finally and formally disposed.

Parker noted there is a hearing July 19 aimed at doing that. "It appears Judge Hughes is attempting to fast-track final disposition of this case in his court so that the City will be able to appeal as a matter of right," Parker said in an official statement on the case.

The city's release on the matter said : "Final disposition of any remaining issues at the district court level would clear the way for the City to proceed with an appeal to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals as a matter of right, meaning without needing Judge Hughes's permission. This is exactly what the City is seeking."

At issue is the contract between the city and American Traffic Solutions, which runs the system and keeps a percentage of the revenue collected.

Once Hughes ruled the referendum to be invalid -- because it came after the deadline for such votes as outlined in the city charter -- ATS demanded the city live up to the contract and turn the system back on.

The contract runs through 2014.

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matthew d
matthew d

Red light cameras seem to cause more accidents but they are less serious. T-bone wrecks are more common without the cameras. But the fact is the lawyers behind the referendum did not know what they were doing. A charter amendment is needed first, or a political drive to pressure city council to overturn the ordinance.

Daniele Plumber
Daniele Plumber

The cameras jusr cause more accidents than before because people are trying not to get tickets, so they stop on a dime and can cause the cars behind them to run into them. The drivers are out of money, but the courts, the tow truck drivers, and the insurance companies are making money. They are all in this together.

WhiskeyR
WhiskeyR

The voice of the people apparently doesn't matter in the face of revenue. I'm sure Parker see's this as a God send. Next thing you know they'll be refusing our right or refusal to not blow and begin taking our blood instead....

Evan
Evan

Pro: Safety. Discourages people from running red lights. Improves the economics of traffic. Running red lights often leads to accidents and other damage. Paying for running the light makes up for the economic loss of traffic accidents. Con: Civil liberties concerns. Being charged without observation. 

Tim
Tim

An appeal the city plans on losing.  Kaching!

Pepe Fanjul
Pepe Fanjul

It appears Judge Hughes is attempting to fast-track final disposition of this case in his court so that the City will be able to appeal as a matter of right..

matx
matx

Yes, it isn't as if all drivers have a responsibility to be prepared to stop in an emergency.  By all means don't bother keeping your eyes on the road and the car in front of you--the courts, tow truck drivers and insurance companies control your every decision behind the wheel.

Bruce R
Bruce R

 Wrong about accidents.  Installing red light cameras causes people to brake harder at yellow lights and has been shown to cause an increase in rear-end collisions.

Grant
Grant

Agreed. In DC (where I'm originally from) traffic accidents where red light and speed cameras are placed, accidents increased. Just wait, they started with red light cameras, and now they have speed cameras too (meaning they film how fast you're going and send you a ticket in the mail). This is all a ploy to get more revenue.

Also 'Paying for running the light makes up for the economic loss of traffic accidents", it doesn't reimburse the people who are actually affected by the economic loss of the traffic accident. It just pads the city's budget, so they can increase spending other places. No one sitting in traffic behind these accidents is reimbursed for lost time, rather it just puts another bureaucrat on the payrolls...

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