HOUSTON Red light camera violations have resumed in Houston, a spokesperson of Mayor Annise Parker announced Saturday.
Equipment testing is done and red-light camera violations have resumed, said Janice Evans-Davis.
According to Davis, anyone that commits a violation at an intersection with a red-light camera will now have to pay their ticket.
The announcement comes a day after a federal judge ruled the city may not appeal his ruling invalidating the election last fall when voters said red-light cameras should be turned off.
U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes announced the decision in a brief order on Friday.
City Attorney David Feldman said he believed the judge is trying to bring the case to a speedy disposition creating a final judgment that the city can appeal without asking Hughes for permission.
A representative for American Traffic Solutions told the Houston Chronicle that the red-light camera contractor would not comment.
Hughes last month ruled opponents of the cameras waited too long to put the matter on the election ballot. About 53 percent of voters in November said the cameras should go.
Meanwhile, the city says those who have received a red-light citation before the cameras were turned off and still haven t paid, they re looking for you.
There are reportedly more than $20 million in outstanding red-light tickets.
If you received a citation before the cameras were turned off we are still looking for you, for that money, said Parker.
There are nearly 270,000 unpaid fines that are still outstanding.
The fine is $75, if you are late more than 45 days which all of them are now, tack on a $25 late fee.
So what happens if you don't pay?
Not much if you live in Harris County. It won't show up on your credit report because the city isn't sending collection accounts to the credit bureaus.
HPD also does not report the civil fines to insurance companies, or the Texas Department of Public Safety, which oversees driver s licenses.
The state law that allows the red-light cameras does open the door for a penalty more than money.
We could put a hold on it, says Don Sumners, the Harris County Tax Assessor Collector.
The law says the tax assessor may hold vehicle registrations for unpaid fines, but Sumners won't hold them for red light violations.
The primary reason is that it would be an inconvenience to the operation of our office, Sumners said, adding that the lines would be too long.
The Harris County Tax Assessor does hold registrations, but only for unpaid toll violations.
There are counties in our area that do enforce the hold for red-light tickets, and the state does, too, if you try to pay online.