The contract, which covers the use of 70 devices at 50 intersections, was scheduled to run until 2014. In the event of a cancellation, ATS had 45 days to take the cameras down.
The order issued on Friday halts the removal of the cameras until the matter is resolved in federal court.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Federal judge to Houston: Keep collecting red-light ticket money
In the wake of a plebiscite banning their use, a federal judge has ordered the City of Houston to continue issuing tickets using red-light cameras, reports Bradley Olson at the Houston Chronicle:
I can see requiring the City to give 45 days notice before ending contract, but would think petitioners and the voters who supported them will be pretty grumpy if the judge orders the city to continue the contract through 2014. The briefs in the federal case should be interesting reading when they're filed. Olson reports that: "The city and ATS will brief the validity of the referendum under municipal, state and national laws by next Friday, according to [Judge Lynn] Hughes' order."