Houston Votes Out Red Light Cameras

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A Houston, Texas ballot measure designed to keep 70 red light cameras in place failed last night, despite support from police/fire unions and a political action committee backed by $1.65 million in spending by the corporation running the cameras.

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In other ballot news, Prop 19 in California failed, meaning one LA Times reporter got high and drove on the CHP dime just for fun.

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I cast my vote against Prop 3. Those cameras are nothing more than a revenue generator. If people drive safely, they'll stop, if they're bad drivers, they'll run red lights regardless.

I personally think those cameras cause more accidents than they solve. I can't tell you how many times I've slammed on my brakes for a late changing light from green to yellow because I knew that intersection had a camera. I've had people behind me honking and almost plowing into me. At night you can see those cameras flash even if nobody enters the intersection.

Shitty part is that just cause we voted the cameras down doesn't mean they have to be removed. The burden is now on the City Council and the Courts to listen to the people or give us all the finger.