Sugar Land, TX - Sugar Land City Council approved on June 18 the formation of a traffic safety task force to study the effectiveness of the City’s red light camera program.
The independent task force will be comprised of 11 citizens expected to be appointed by City Council on July 16. The group will work for about 120 days to develop a recommendation that could include:
The task force will conduct its meetings in accordance with the Open Meetings Act and provide an opportunity for extensive public input.
“The task force will identify a meeting schedule and any other items needed to accomplish its work,” said City Manager Allen Bogard. “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 creation of the task force follows a report to City Council on June 4 that determined a petition to prohibit the enforcement of Sugar Land’s red cameras was invalid because the petition did not meet the requirements of City Charter.
The petition, submitted in April, included the required number of signatures; however, the signatures were not collected in the manner specified by the City Charter, a document that was reviewed and updated by Sugar Land voters in 2011. Specific requirements that were not met include the following:
Red light cameras were installed in 2008 to expand the utilization of technology to assist the City in achieving its goal of being one of the safest cities in the country. The program is intended to improve the safety of high-volume intersections in the City.
Sugar Land currently utilizes 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.
The implementation of red light cameras in Sugar Land resulted in a 58 percent reduction in accidents at targeted intersections from 2009-2012.
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