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Red Light Cameras, Navigating Healthcare, and Chasing LeBron & Melo: Houston Matters for Monday, July 7, 2014

We all witness it from time to time (heck, some of us might willingly admit doing it ourselves): running a red light. Unfortunately, what may seem to some as a fleeting and relatively innocuous offense can have terrible consequences, as evidenced last month by the deaths of four people in southwest Harris County. A suspected […]

We all witness it from time to time (heck, some of us might willingly admit doing it ourselves): running a red light. Unfortunately, what may seem to some as a fleeting and relatively innocuous offense can have terrible consequences, as evidenced last month by the deaths of four people in southwest Harris County. A suspected drunk driver ran a red light and slammed into a car. The driver who ran the light survived; everyone in the other car died.

The City of Houston installed red light cameras at a number of downtown Houston intersections in 2006, in part to try to limit such incidents. But voters said no to the cameras in 2010, and they were disconnected. City officials, having heard the will of the people loud and clear, have no plans to bring them back. But should we consider it?

On this edition of Houston Matters, we explore the history, controversy, and legacy of red light cameras in Houston.

Also this hour: Dr. Matthew Minson wants to make the health care experience “a little less arduous.” Minson, who teaches health policy management at the Texas A&M Health Science Center, has written a book he thinks of as “Healthcare Navigation 101” – a primer for patients to more easily navigate the complexities of our health care system. It’s called Prepare to Defend Yourself: How to Navigate the Healthcare System and Escape with Your Life.”

Plus: The Houston Rockets are courting some mighty big free agent names. Last week, Carmelo Anthony visited H-town, and there’s ample speculation about whether Houston might be a destination for LeBron James. Could the Rockets actually hook a big free agent fish? We ask CultureMap Houston sports columnist MK Bower. We also discuss the growing accomplishments of Astros’ All-Star Jose Altuve.

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