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Council makes no decision on Longview red light cameras

In City Speak

Richard Yeakley

By Richard Yeakley
March 26, 2015 at 4:57 p.m.



City officials said Thursday they needed more information before agreeing to a 10-year contract renewal for red light cameras in the city.

The Longview City Council voted unanimously to table negotiations on the deal with Phoenix, Arizona-based Redflex Traffic Systems until the Longview Police Department could gather more information on their efficacy in increasing public safety.

The item had been included on the meeting's consent agenda, but council members agreed to pull it for additional discussion.

District 3 Councilwoman Kasha Williams said she was against the program "in its current form" while District 1 Councilman John Sims said he supported it and encouraged the council to vote at the 3 p.m. meeting.

Longview Mayor Jay Dean said he was not usually in favor of the program, but thought that it was an issue better left to the state legislature.

A bill currently in the Texas Senate and a sister bill in the House of Representatives would nix the program across the state.

Dean also said the program was implemented to promote safety and prevent T-Bone accidents. 

He said he would prefer to wait to vote until further data on the photo enforcement program could be provided by the Longview Police Department.

District 4 Councilwoman Kristen Ishihara and District 5 Councilman Richard Manley agreed that more information was important before agreeing to continue the program.

Police Chief Don Dingler said it would take at least two weeks to gather the information because it required pulling the wreck report for each incident by hand.



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