MORE PEOPLE PAYING THEIR RED LIGHT CAMERA FINES!

HPD: THIS IS THE MOST RECENT AND ACCURATE DATA!

Nearly two-thirds of drivers cited for running red lights during the first three months of the city’s camera-monitoring program have paid the $75 fine, according to new Houston Police Department data.

The figure is higher — and police say more precise — than previous reports because it includes more payments delayed until near or after a 45-day deadline.

“It’s a more accurate reflection,” said Sgt. Michael Muench, who oversees the program.

Previous data, obtained by the Houston Chronicle through an open-records request, showed about a quarter of violators paid through the end of December. Police predicted then that the final percentage would be higher.

The Houston Police Department released the new data, which adds payments made in January, after a Chronicle story reported the less favorable statistics.

More than 70 percent of violators caught on tape in September and October, the first two months of the program, had paid the fine by the end of January, according to HPD.

FULL STORY:http://chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/4525665.html