Citizens in three Texas cities who are angry about the devices have forced a public vote to ban the cameras.Let's hope red-light camera opponents vote early and often. I've no way to predict if Houston-area voters will follow the lead of those in College Station, but if they do I wouldn't be surprised if other cities begin seeing grassroots opposition to these ill-conceived government cash cows.
Last year, College Station voters narrowly passed a proposition that bans the cameras there. In November, voters in Houston and Baytown, a Houston suburb, will decide whether to keep red-light cameras in their cities.
The November outcome could set a precedent for similar revolts in North Texas municipalities.
"There's concern on the part of everybody whether or not that's a trend among cities," said Plano assistant city manager Bruce Glasscock. "I'm monitoring it very closely and talking to the people in Houston. But it's one of those things we just have to wait and see what the voters decide in Houston."
See related Grits posts:
- Red-light camera backlash brewing
- Red light cameras make intersections near my home more dangerous
- Duncanville's million-dollar camera
- Lubbock discontinues red-light cameras after accidents increase 52% at intersections with cameras
- All Virginia red-light camera studies show increased injury accidents
- Red light cameras cause rear end accidents