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Decision Reversed in Florida City to Allow Use of Red Light Cameras

The City Council of Clearwater, Florida, recently voted to permit red light cameras, according to the St. Petersburg Times. The newspaper reports that the council initially decided to postpone any further discussion of the plan, but three days later reversed this decision and approved the use of cameras. The red light camera plan was originally postponed due to concern about the cameras' effectiveness, according to the news source. However, Mayor Frank Hibbard told the media outlet that the cameras have more popular support than previously thought. Hibbard also mentioned that a recent Broward County ruling that upheld the constitutionality of the cameras contributed to the reversal of the decision, according the newspaper. Houston legislators also overturned a previous decision and recently decided to re-instate the use of red-light cameras. Tickets will begin to be issued again on Sunday, according to The Houston Chronicle. The city turned the cameras back on July 9, but have not yet begun issuing violations because they lack the manpower to review the video footage, according to the newspaper. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), only nine states currently have laws prohibiting the cameras. The GHSA also reports that 25 states have red light cameras operating in at least one location.
Posted in Government, Red Light
Jul 22nd, 2011

Decision Reversed in Florida City to Allow Use of Red Light Cameras

The City Council of Clearwater, Florida, recently voted to permit red light cameras, according to the St. Petersburg Times. The newspaper reports that the council initially decided to postpone any further discussion of the plan, but three days later reversed this decision and approved the use of cameras. The red light camera plan was originally postponed due to concern about the cameras' effectiveness, according to the news source. However, Mayor Frank Hibbard told the media outlet that the cameras have more popular support than previously thought. Hibbard also mentioned that a recent Broward County ruling that upheld the constitutionality of the cameras contributed to the reversal of the decision, according the newspaper. Houston legislators also overturned a previous decision and recently decided to re-instate the use of red-light cameras. Tickets will begin to be issued again on Sunday, according to The Houston Chronicle. The city turned the cameras back on July 9, but have not yet begun issuing violations because they lack the manpower to review the video footage, according to the newspaper. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), only nine states currently have laws prohibiting the cameras. The GHSA also reports that 25 states have red light cameras operating in at least one location.
Posted in Government, Red Light
Jul 22nd, 2011