HOUSTON,TX (AP) - The dispute over Houston's red light traffic cameras appears to be nearing an end with the city council overwhelmingly agreeing to pay the camera vendor at least $4.8 million if it removes the cameras and drops a lawsuit.
The council outlawed the cameras in August, nine months after voters said turn them off. The cameras are off but remain at 50 city intersections.
Scottsdale, Ariz.-based American Traffic Solutions filed suit, saying it had a contract through 2014. The two sides have been trying to resolve the matter.
A federal judge must green-light the deal.
The Houston Chronicle reported Wednesday (http://bit.ly/AbNpA0) the city has about $3 million in red light fines for the settlement and is counting on people who have outstanding tickets to pay the rest within three years.
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