Speeding Cameras for School Zones on County's Monday Agenda

Published 03/23 2014 12:52PM

Updated 03/23 2014 10:23PM

LUBBOCK, TX -- On Monday morning the Lubbock County Commissioners Court will consider a camera system to catch speeders in school zones.

“We have our Director of Purchasing and our civil attorney providing us information in [commissioners] court,” said Precinct Four Commissioner Patty Jones. “We’re still deciding if we want to go forward.”

The camera would be “just for school zones” and not other areas out in the county. A 2005 proposal for red-light cameras in the City of Lubbock became highly controversial.

“There were quite a few who thought it was done for the revenue and not for safety,” Jones said. “They felt like it was a violation of their Constitutional rights. We don’t want to get into that.”

“Safety is always first and foremost on what you look at,” Jones added. Lubbock County has been told that revenue could reach into the millions of dollars.

“There are always those looking to turn a profit. That’s our dilemma,” Jones said. “We have to decide what is and isn’t a safety a concern.”

“Personally, me, I hate ‘em,” said Precinct Three Commissioner Bubba Sedeno. “They’ll catch a few people. Then they won’t catch as many after that.”

“I didn’t like the red light cameras. I won’t like these either,” Sedeno added.

Monday’s agenda does not appear to be the final decision, but if approved would simply be one step toward deployment of such cameras.

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