Dallas’ red-light camera program will roll on after the City Council approved a new seven-year contract Wednesday.
While the cameras have come under fire in recent years from studies, groups and lawmakers who question the gadgets’ effectiveness and impact on poor people, most of the opposition on the council was based on a lack of black subcontractors in the $17.8 million deal.
The council’s vote was 9-6. The winning bidder, American Traffic Solutions, has Hispanic and women-owned subcontractors. But the four black council members — Erik Wilson, Casey Thomas, Carolyn King Arnold and Tiffinni Young — all voted against the deal after several expressed concerns that the city was slipping in its push for minority participation.
Both Young and Wilson, who said he was once hit by a red-light runner, were supportive of the idea of red-light cameras, just not the contract.
“For some reason, we just can’t be inclusive when it comes to contracts in the city of Dallas,” Wilson said.