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Port Lavaca resident continues battle to remove red-light cameras

Aug. 1, 2011 at 3:01 a.m.


Port Lavaca resident Carl Baugh doesn't agree with the results of a study that found red-light cameras have decreased accidents.

Baugh has been fighting to have the red-light cameras removed since he received a citation for skidding into an intersection in November 2009.

"Every study I've ever read about said they've increased accidents," Baugh said, noting that he has read about people speeding through lights to avoid tickets. Other people slam on their brakes before the light changes red out of fear of getting a ticket, Baugh said.

The city approved the cameras in January 2009. City officials have continually maintained the red-light cameras are about traffic safety, not revenue.

Baugh disagrees.

"It's all about the money," Baugh said.

Baugh is continuing his battle to get rid of the cameras. He is working on a petition for a referendum to change the city ordinance, which will require 200 signatures. Baugh hopes to have the referendum on the November ballot, he said.

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