Red Light on Red Light Cameras

It looks like the Houston red light camera ordeal has finally come to a…red light.  American Traffic Solution (ATS), the company that the city contracted with to administer the lights looks like it will get a total of $4.8 million ($2.3 million up front), a cut of collections from delinquent fines, and $240,000 for technical assistance – if City Council approves.  This will be in exchange for dropping the breach of contract claim and taking down the 50 cameras that are still up (but not issuing tickets) within 60 days.
 
City Attorney David Feldman said, “‘This settlement is going to be funded by the people who ran the red lights… We would not agree to any settlement that would result in the taxpayers generally having to bear the burden.  It had to come from the violations themselves.'”
 
Don’t get too excited about that though.  His statement is only sort of true.  If the city doesn’t collect any more money from delinquent fines, the city will still have to pay the $2.3 million (over three years) out of general fund.  Considering many people know that nothing happens to them if they don’t pay the fine, I doubt we will see many citizens stepping up to pay.
 
Houston City Council tagged this item on the agenda, so the vote will be delayed for two weeks.  I hope that this will be a lesson for City Council when making contracts in the future so this doesn’t happen again.

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5 Responses to Red Light on Red Light Cameras

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