Task force being created to look at Sugar Land red light cameras

June 19, 2013 9:58:12 AM PDT
Sugar Land city county has approved a task force to look at the effectiveness of the city's red light camera program.

The task force, which will be made up of 11 citizens, will work to come up with recommendations about the cameras, which went up in Sugar Land in 2008.

"The task force will identify a meeting schedule and any other items needed to accomplish its work," said City Manager Allen Bogard in a press release issued by the city Wednesday. "At the request of the task force, we will dedicate any City resources they determine necessary to ensure members have what they need to provide an independent recommendation."

The task force was created following a report to Sugar Land councilmembers on June 4, which determined that a petition to prohibit enforcement of the city's cameras was invalid because the petition didn't meet city charter requirements.

Sugar Land currently has the red light cameras at four intersections - U.S. Highway 59 at Highway 6, U.S. Highway 90A at Dairy Ashford, Eldridge Road at West Airport Boulevard and Highway 6 at Lexington Boulevard.

According to the city, they've resulted in a 58 percent reduction in accidents at those intersections from 2009-2012.

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