Red Light Camera Opponent Says They Should Stay On For Now

One of the leaders in the campaign against red light cameras in Houston says he's afraid a well-intentioned city council amendment to take the cameras down immediately could actually backfire on the city.

Attorney Paul Kubosh has been at the forefront of the effort to get the cameras turned off for good. He says an amendment by Councilman Mike Sullivan to a resolution to turn the cameras off right away would be a direct violation of a Federal Judge’s order to keep the cameras on pending the resolution of litigation.    

“If this passes, then the city of Houston’s action will be in direct conflict with the federal judge’s ruling and everything that they’re doing will be moot because the judge will pull it.”

red light camera opponents Paul and Michael Kubosh
Red light camera opponents Paul and Michael Kubosh in front of City Hall on August 3rd, 2011.

Even though Kubosh is against the cameras, he wants them to stay up and on until Judge Lynn Hughes makes his decision. Sullivan says even though he and Kubosh agree on the end result, he’s not sure Kubosh’s concerns about his amendment are warranted.

“I’m not a lawyer. I think that we have smart lawyers and we have smart lawyers that we hire and consult for the city and I’m going to leave it up to them to make that determination. It’s my job to represent the people who vote and the people who have spoken said that they want the cameras taken down and I’m trying to make sure that happens. I’m doing what I can.”

Council is expected to vote on the resolution and amendment next Wednesday after both items were tagged at this week’s council meeting.