Houston voters rejected the red light camera, even though the elitist at city hall claimed they knew better than the voters and resisted. Voter are once again proven right by the facts.
In the five months after Houston voters forced city officials to turn off a camera surveillance system that fined motorists for running red lights, traffic accidents at those 50 intersections with 70 cameras have decreased 16 percent, according to recently released data.
Although Houston got rid of the hated cameras, League City still has the Orwellian cameras.
Red light cameras in League City, Texas have failed to reduce accidents according to preliminary data provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). Since October 2009, the Australian firm Redflex Traffic Systems has issued citations at three intersections along FM 518. Local activist Byron Schirmbeck analyzed TxDOT reports and found the number of accidents at these locations increased after camera installation. In November, Schirmbeck led the November successful referendum effort twenty miles away in Baytown where voters rejected the use of automated ticketing machines.
Overall, the total number of accidents increased 20 percent at League City’s monitored intersections. Rear-end collisions jumped the most with an increase of 68 percent. Only injury crashes saw a decrease from a rate of 19 before to 16 afterwards. The TxDOT reports offer a limited look at the effect of cameras, with 8 to 9 months of data for the “after” period and 18 months for the “before” reports. The analysis reflects accident rates on an annualized basis.
The data also showed that two of the three intersections chosen for camera use had no problem with red-light related accidents. At FM 2094 there were no accidents of the type red light cameras are meant to address in the 18 months prior to installation. Highway 3 had only one such accident. The intersection of Interstate 45 and FM 518 did have a red-light related accident problem before cameras were installed, but it also had yellow signal warnings that were so short they violated the law. The interval between the green and red lights was set to just four seconds — 0.7 seconds shorter than the minimum required under TxDOT regulations at an intersection with a posted 50 MPH speed limit. As a result, the city was forced to refund or cancel $130,000 worth of tickets.
It was never about safety, It has always been about collecting fines, without the bother of having to pay police courts or lawyers.