Jersey Village may soon become the seventh city in Texas to outlaw the use of red light cameras. Barry Klein says he and fellow limited-government activists last weekend secured about a third of the signatures needed to qualify for the May 2016 ballot. The members of Ban the Cams in Jersey Village walked door-to-door in the Houston suburb and found plenty of residents eager to sign the petition to put the cameras’ fate in the hands of voters.
“Red light camera are simply an example of government officials and employees at all levels becoming too powerful, too hungry for revenue, too eager to be reelected, and too willing to bend the rules and deceive the citizenry to achieve their goals,” Klein told TheNewspaper.
Even if the group reaches the minimum amount in the next few weeks, it will continue collecting signatures through Thanksgiving to send a clear message. The petition circulation effort also helps educate the public about the downsides of automated enforcement. That will help the measure’s chance on Election Day.