Mayor Parker is considering turning off red light cameras, and American Traffic Solutions (ATS), the vendor for the red light cameras in Houston has asked a federal judge to prevent her from doing so. Although Parker can shut off the cameras without city council’s approval, she wanted the council members involved in this process and added it as an agenda item for Wednesday’s council meeting.
Houston faces a $25 million breach of contract if the lights are turned off, so is it worth shutting them off? I think a lot of people would say that they would rather the city pay the money than keep the cameras on any longer. Either way, the secret is out that nothing happens if you don’t pay the ticket, so whether the lights are turned off or not, revenue from ticket runners will probably go down significantly.
If you were the mayor, would you shut off the cameras and pay the $25 million? Feel free to sound off in the comments!