NOW THE CITY OF HOUSTON IS GOING AFTER YOUR CREDIT RATING!

DO YOU THINK THIS IS A FAIR APPROACH!

Since September 1, 2006, red light cameras have been capturing vehicles running red lights resulting in nearly 63,000 Notice of Violations being issued. Each violation carries a $75 fine (for the first two offenses, and a $150 fine for third or subsequent violations within a 12-month period). Although the violation does not result in criminal charges, individuals receiving a Notice of Violation should think twice about avoiding payment, as it may result in a civil lawsuit being filed, a judgment being taken, and a negative impact on their credit record.

“The primary focus of the program is to increase traffic safety by discouraging dangerous driving and red light running,” says Sgt. Michael Muench with the Houston Police Department. “While the majority of citizens receiving violations have been complying with the payment processes afforded through the ordinance, this collection process is in place to address those cases where individuals fail to abide by the provisions of the ordinance.”

Note: Do you think the city is going too far by threatening a person’s credit rating for a ticket violation? The Insite would like to hear your opinion!