City Hall has decided to listen to the voters. At 10:00 a.m. on Monday, November 15, 2010, the red light cameras will come down in Houston.
The City of Houston abruptly changed course from earlier pronouncements that it would take up to 120 days to cancel the contract and made the surprise announcement late Friday. ATS, the Arizona company hired by the city to install the cameras is looking for some type of a settlement with the city but activists who campaigned against the cameras are opposed to any type of settlement with the company.
Mayor Annise Parker has announced that removing the cameras will cost the Houston Police Department approximately $10 million annually -- pretty much an admission that the red light camera program was nothing more than a thinly veiled user tax for motorists who drive within the city limits.
Score one for the people.