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Red-light critic Paul Kubosh sues city of Houston, says it failed to provide camera data under public records request
Tuesday, Nov 02, 2010, 11:17AM CST
By Steve Miller
red light camera

A foe of the city’s red-light camera operation has sued the city of Houston, contending the city failed to provide information sought through an open records request.

 

The suit filed Monday by Paul Kubosh, who is part of No Cameras Houston, alleges that on Oct. 5 he asked for monthly reports on accident rates from September 2008 to September 2010.

 

Voters in Houston will decide today whether to keep the cameras, which are at about 50 intersections and have been in place for four years. A vote "for" Proposition 3 supports keeping the cameras.

 

Kubosh sought the monthly reports to bolster his contention that red-light cameras do not affect driving behavior, as the city and its camera vendor, American Traffic Solutions (ATS), claim.

 

Kubosh said the city complied with the spirit of the request by providing mass data regarding the number of times the camera was triggered over the two-year period. But it failed to break out the data by month, as he requested.

 

“What I am trying to show is that the cameras are triggered as much now as they were two years ago, and that the cameras have had no effect on behavior,” Kubosh said. “In Baytown, where ATS operated the cameras, it provides a monthly report, and I am sure they do that in Houston. Those are the reports I want.”

 

The data he received could be analyzed by month, but Kubosh said feared doing it himself could prompt calls from his critics that his calculations were incorrect. With the reports, he said, the data would speak for itself.

 

City Attorney David Feldman, who in August advised city council members that it was their "mandatory ministerial duty" to put the red-light camera issue to a vote, could not immediately be reached by Texas Watchdog. Feldman told the Associated Press that the city had responded in good faith to Kubosh's information request.

 

Kubosh is opposed in his effort by Keep Houston Safe, a group that is funded in part by ATS and carries the same name as a taxpayer-funded anti-crime campaign.

 

Contact Steve Miller at 832-303-9420 or stevemiller@texaswatchdog.org.

 

Photo of a red-light camera by flickr user ASurroca, used via a Creative Commons license.

Comments
Linda
Tuesday, 11/02/2010 - 11:09PM

Thank you Paul Kubosh, for standing up to these scam artists who are unconstitutionally fleecing Houston residents.

Mark
Wednesday, 11/03/2010 - 12:40PM

Mr. Kubosh argument is that "red light camers do not affect driving behaviour" The revenue lost from not having red light cameras "will affect" property taxes! Obey the Law..and you don't have to worry about a ticket for running the red light

David
Wednesday, 11/03/2010 - 03:19PM

Thank you and everybody at your firm for taking the time to give the voters the right to have the cameras removed.

It is gladly appreciated.

Mohammed Kamara
Wednesday, 11/03/2010 - 05:47PM

Thank you Paul Kubosh, I cannot explain in words how glad I am for your efforts in taking the intruding red cameras down. There are many other ways Houston City Council can raise revenue, by trimming their fat paychecks.

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