A decision on the fate of Lubbock's red light cameras is stuck on yellow. Two citizen groups met Tuesday and said they need more time before they can make a recommendation to the Lubbock City Council.
The council asked both the Citizens Photographic Traffic Signal Enforcement Committee and Citizens Traffic Commission to review a six-month study on the cameras. As NewsChannel 11 told you last Thursday, the report showed accidents were up at the intersections with cameras and red light runners were not paying tickets.
The red light cameras have now gone from the streets to a meeting room. At Tuesday's meeting Marsha Reed, the Director of Public Works for the City of Lubbock said, "Rear end crashes are up. Crashes on the red light camera approach are up. Total injuries if you combined all that together were slightly down."
The findings in this city report put the future of red light cameras in question. However, two citizen groups will help decide their future.
Photographic Traffic Signal Enforcement Committee and Citizens Traffic Commission Chairman David Spears said, "There is an anticipation of a decision that we're charged with making. But I also think it's a safety issue."
"Injures are down, so yes, I think red light cameras in that respect are working," said David Miller, the Chairman of Citizens Traffic Commission.
The report also shows the cameras are not making money. The city owes the red light camera company more than $18,000 in uncollected tickets.
"You're looking for a big reversal of statistics and I just don't see it happening," Spears said.
However, the company operating the cameras thinks the numbers will change and is asking for six more months.
"We have a lot of conflicting information here that doesn't make a lot of sense," Adam Tuton, Executive Vice President and C.O.O of American Traffic Solutions said.
To prove that, Tuton is offering to fund another red light camera study.
"We just need time to look into the data because we believe this program will succeed in doing what it intended to do," Tuton added.
American Traffic Solutions has a stake in keeping the contract with the City of Lubbock. If the cameras stay for five years, ATS gets nearly $3.5 million. Again, both committees need more time and plan to meet separately. They hope to have a recommendation by the February 14 City Council meeting.
Report Puts Future Of Red Light Cameras In Question
Red light cameras are not generating revenue in Lubbock and in fact, they are losing money. A new report also shows cameras are not improving safety. NewsChannel 11's Julia Bruck explains.