Odessa Changes Traffic Ordinance To Allow For Red Light Cameras 11/12/13
CBS 7 News
November 12, 2013
The Odessa City Council moved closer to a vote on installing red light cameras. They council voted to change traffic laws to allow for automatic enforcement.
People are divided over the idea of red light cameras at intersections.
"I think it’d be a good thing with all this traffic we’ve got,” said one Odessa woman.
“I don’t know if it will make much difference,” said another.
“Since I’ve been down here I’ve almost been hit by two cars running red lights,” said Odessan Scott Sower.
In a 3-2 vote, the council changed its traffic ordinance, adding state-requirements and best practices that allow enforcement using traffic cameras, it does not approve a contract to install cameras.
"This can be passed without regard to an accompanying contract,” said City Attorney Larry Long.
It’s groundwork for red light cameras. The council could now consider a contract with a camera company at its next meeting. Two council members, Dewey Bryant and Dean Combs, voted against the changes.
"The ordinance had to be passed first before the traffic light system, and I don't know how I feel about that so we might as well leave it in place as it is now,” said Council Member Dewey Bryant.
Sandra Carrasco said yes tonight, but said overwhelming public comments are against the cameras.
"We need to see what people want,” Sandra Carrasco said. “The only reason I voted yes was to extend it and see what the public really wants."
The council could consider a contract for cameras as early as its next meeting on November 26th.