Smile for the cameras

In case you missed it, red light cameras went active in Houston. Here’s some coverage from the media and the blogosphere:

  • Some believe red light cameras cause more wrecks — reported by KHOU CBS Channel 11(2). “Monday morning, cameras began snapping pictures of people’s vehicles that run a red light at certain Houston intersections. Those four cross streets are San Jacinto at Texas, Milam at Jefferson, Milam at McGowen and Travis at McGowen. After Jan. 1, the cameras will multiply – 10 by January, and 50 by spring.”
  • Traffic cameras ready to catch violators — reported by KTRK ABC Channel 13. “The city will start using cameras at area intersections to photograph red light runners on Monday. The trial period was supposed to start November 1, but the paperwork wasn’t all signed. For the first 30 days, motorists caught running the red lights will be sent a warning by Houston Police. After 30 days, the red light runners will be sent an official ticket, including a picture of the car and the license plates.”
  • Red light cameras turned on today — reported by KTRK ABC Channel 13. “Police are keeping most of the locations secret from drivers. For anyone caught running a red light over the next 30 days, the vehicle’s registered owner will get a warning in the mail. In January, tickets will be sent out instead.”
  • Red light cameras are here; are speed cameras next? — found on blogHOUSTON. “Since the city and HPD didn’t lengthen yellow light times — which has proven to reduce red light running much more than cameras — we know this is NOT about safety. It’s about revenue. If it really was about safety, Mayor White would have followed through on his promise to two councilmembers to check out yellow light times.”

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