Device foes vow to continue their fight.
A Federal Appeals Court ruling in favor of the devices. A Rice University study that insisted they make intersections safer. January hasn't been the friendliest month for those who oppose Houston's Red Light Cameras, but opponents insist they won't give up the fight anytime soon.
"It appears to me that the only thing left for us to do is to bring a referendum before the citizens of the City of Houston, and have the cameras taken out by a referendum vote of the citizens of the city," said longtime camera foe Michael Kubosh. While that effort might raise a lot of legal questions and create lots of wrangling, Kubosh said he hasn't given up on the Legislature stepping in and answering the question.
"I hope to see him shortly (State Senator John Carona, who authored a bill on Red Light cameras during the last Legislative Session) and explain to him how this really isn't about public safety-and here's your proof-and let's get these cameras taken completely out of the City of Houston," Kubosh said.
Kubosh disagrees with the Rice University findings, and said other research has shown the devices make intersections more dangerous. He has consistently said the main purpose of Red Light Cameras is to raise revenue for cities, and sid he finds the spread of the devices in Texas-and the nation-disheartening. He's still hoping the City of Houston will establish an Advisory Committee to oversee the devices.
"They would have the authority to make the recommendation of where cameras should go-or if they should be taken out. That's what happened in Lubbock, Texas. Once they established the Commission, the Commission saw that they're not about safety-and the City Council of Lubbock took their recommendation, and voted them out," Kubosh said.
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