League City getting rid of its red light cameras


City Council unanimously voted on Tuesday to pay Redflex a $350,000 fee and end its photographic red light-enforcement contract with company early. The city will also pay its monthly $37,215 bill to Redflex for April and May.

The city says even though the contract termination takes effect July 1, it will stop issuing red-light camera tickets immediately. Additionally, all cameras will be turned off and covered this week, and the Redflex will remove them within 90 days.

Tuesday's vote comes five months after 77 percent of city voters approved an amendment to ban the use of the cameras after the city's contract expires in October 2014.

Officials say paying the $350,000 cancellation fee will save the city more than $315,000 had it decided to continue its contract with Redflex until October 2014.

League City has seven red-light cameras in League City, which are located at the intersections of FM 518 with I-45, State Highway 3 and FM 2094/FM 270. An eighth camera had been posted on the southbound I-45 feeder right-turn lane onto FM 518, but was removed in January.

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