The city has filed a federal lawsuit against ATS, the company that put up the cameras three and a half years ago over a disagreement of the interpretation of the contract, and whether the city is liable for the money left on it.
Regardless, you may never again see the flashes from Houston's red light cameras.
"It's a good thing. It's about time, especially this one right here," said driver Rick Hall.
"In certain areas for sure, it's required; school zones, high volume areas," added another driver with whom we spoke.
Houstonians voted down the use of red light cameras in the election two weeks ago. But it left city leaders in a tough position -- shutting off the cameras immediately or fulfilling their contract with the company that put the cameras up. That contract was supposed to extend into the year 2014, and there's still upwards of $677,000 left on it, a sum that may now trickle down to taxpayers.
"Ugh, doesn't sound good," said driver Marguirite Vaught.
While it may not sound good to you either, some people, like Joel Moore don't mind paying just to make the cameras a thing of the past.
"I think it's a cost well paid," he said. "I think it's worth it because it's the right thing to do, especially if it's not an accurate red light camera."
The city did have an out clause in their contract with ATS. It was a 120-day notice of termination. Mayor Parker acknowledged no one anticipated voter dismay with the cameras when this contract that was negotiated in 2006, but she says this ordeal will certainly help with future planning.
"City charter will be used in such a way and may of us feel it was a perversion of the city charter," she said. "But now we know and this is an issue that we may have to face in the future."
The city will be aggressively trying to collect any unpaid fines that people have received up to 10am, so if you have unpaid tickets, or one was processed before 10am this morning, you still have to pay.
On Monday, the company that has the contract with the city released the following statement:
- "ATS agrees with the city that red-light cameras are effective safety tools that change behaviors and saves lives. As disappointed as we are with the results we the respect the outcome of the election and have complied with the Mayor's request to turn the cameras off. We will now work with the city to find a fair and reasonable solution to resolving outstanding issues."