Traffic Cameras Get Tentative Approval

By: Joe Brown
By: Joe Brown

Cameras to catch red light runners got the green light from the College Station city council. After hearing a presentation on the proposal during Monday's workshop, the council directed staff to move forward with preparing an ordinance.

The plan calls for cameras to be mounted at several high traffic intersections. These devices automatically snap a picture of anyone running a red light. The offender will then receive a copy of that photo, along with a ticket, in the mail.

Deputy City Manager Terry Childers says the program has worked well in other Texas cities. Councilmember Chris Scotti emphasized the program is intended to increase safety, not generate revenue.

In other business, the council postponed consideration of a property tax freeze for seniors and the disabled. A couple of council members expressed concern over adopting the measure prior to the upcoming legislative session when several property tax issues will be considered.

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