HOUSTON -- Houston police have issued nearly 2,800 citations to red-light runners since the cameras were turned back on July 24.

The company that operates the intersection cameras, Arizona-based American Traffic Solutions, reports about 3,400 vehicles have been photographed since then.

U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes on July 22 ruled that Houston may not appeal his June decision invalidating the 2010 election when voters said the cameras should be turned off. Hughes decided camera opponents waited too long to put the matter on the ballot and violated the city charter governing timing for repeal of an ordinance.

A Texas Transportation Institute study, released Aug. 1, found that red-light accidents fell 25 percent at hundreds of the state s intersections after traffic cameras were installed.

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