Houston disables costly red-light cameras

The Associated Press

HOUSTON — Houston has become the latest U.S. city to turn off its red-light traffic cameras, less than a month after Los Angeles did the same.

Groups opposed to such cameras say the Houston City Council’s vote Wednesday reflects a gradual nationwide trend to abandon the devices, largely because of arguments that the cameras simply generate revenue without improving safety. More than a dozen cities ban the cameras, as do nine states.

But supporters say such programs have widespread support, noting that about 500 municipalities still use them.

Houston residents voted nine months ago to banish the cameras, which ticket motorists running red lights. The company that operates the program says canceling the contract will cost Houston $25 million.

Los Angeles officials decided to end its program because it was losing money.