Garland Delays Vote On Red Light Cameras

Alan Scaia
August 21, 2018 - 6:22 am
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GARLAND (1080 KRLD) - The Garland City Council has put off a vote on whether to shut down red light cameras. The council had planned to make a decision at Tuesday night's meeting but voted to table the issue.

"I've found our constituents overwhelmingly do not want them," says City Councilman Jim Bookhout. "Most of our residents want them gone and believe they're only about money."

Bookhout says he believes the legislature may take action in the next session to ban red light cameras.

"Our Texas governor said, 'More and more, I think it's time to do away with the red light cameras in Texas,'" he says.

The council did not vote on the issue but may take action in the future. Councilman Scott LeMay chairs Garland's Public Safety Committee. He says some council members may hold town hall meetings, and he wants to hire a company to study the potential impact the cameras have on Garland itself.

"It's really hard to get an 'apples to apples' comparison," LeMay says. "Broad-based statistics on Safe Light cameras don't really show the full picture of a specific intersection."

LeMay says Garland could make a decision by the end of the year.

Bookhout says the cameras only work at eight of the 12 intersections where they are installed in Garland now.