Thursday, August 25, 2011

National News: Houston City Council Yields on Camera Referendum

The Houston City Council has yielded to public pressure and is once again switching off their red light camera program.  The voters rejected the cameras last year in a referendum and the cameras were switched off for several months.  However the City arranged to lose a lawsuit filed by the camera vendor challenging the public vote, in which the petition supporters were not permitted to participate.  The city turned the cameras back on sparking loud protests from the public.  The city council has now reversed its position, voting 14-1 to repeal the ordinance granting American Traffic Solutions the right to issue photo tickets.