Odessa Police Say Red Light Cameras Won't Invade Privacy 8/26/13
August 26th, 2013
The next time you drive on Odessa streets someone could be watching. Odessa City Council will hold a public meeting on red light cameras tomorrow and many on council remain undecided.
"I would love to hear the public’s opinion on this," said Sandra Carrasco, an Odessa councilwoman.
The Odessa Police Department says the cameras will make intersections safer and they wont invade people's privacy.
"What's being considered in the city of Odessa are images of the vehicle only," said Police Chief Timothy Burton.
All pictures and videos of infractions will be reviewed by the police department and not issued automatically issued as tickets.
"We will certainly take every measure to be conservative in identifying violations," Burton said.
The cameras will also take video so police can review if a driver correctly makes a right turn on a red light. They can then decide if they broke the law
The tickets would also be a civil offense and not end up on your driving record. Something councilwoman Carrasco says could influence her decision.
"More than anything, I think cameras at re lights would change behavior. You would think twice before trying to run a red light.” She said.