The Houston Professional Firefighters Association, a group that represents more than 4,000 firefighters, said it supports red-light cameras.
President Jeff Caynon is urging Houstonians to vote for Proposition 3 on Election Day.
He said red-light cameras are a safety tool that change behaviors and save lives.
Caynon is also featured in a new television commercial in support of red-light cameras. The ad began airing in Houston on Monday.
The endorsement follows the show of support for red-light cameras by another public safety group — the Houston Police Officers’ Association.
Video of the story is here. Has anyone seen one of these ads yet? I wonder if the anti-camera forces will have the resources to put up ads or send out mailers or something.
One thing to note:
Proposition 3 on the November ballot asks voters if red-light cameras should stay up or be removed.
Note the wording on that. Even though Prop 3 is on the ballot because of the efforts of those who want to remove the cameras, a vote FOR Prop 3 is a vote to retain the cameras. A vote AGAINST Prop 3 is a vote to take them down. I had assumed that the ballot language would be correlated to the effort of its petitioners, and that led to me being initially confused when I saw that the Houston GLBT Political Caucus is recommending a FOR vote on Prop 3, since I didn’t think of them as being anti-camera, but I inquired and got the matter cleared up. In another sense, this is more logical – if you want the cameras, vote FOR them; if you don’t, vote AGAINST them. I just wanted to point this out in case anyone else was operating under the same assumption I had been. And just to make things interesting, note that if you live in Baytown, it’s the exact opposite – a FOR vote there is to dump the cameras, an AGAINST vote is to keep them. Isn’t this fun?