Group files complaint about Smith Co. school zone camera program

Group files complaint about Smith Co. school zone camera program
School zone cameras in use in Kaufman County (Source: KLTV staff)

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - A grassroots group has filed a complaint at the highest levels of state government against an East Texas county.

"This did not have to happen, didn't have to happen," JoAnn Fleming of Grassroots America-We The People, said.

Fleming's group, Grassroots America-We the People, filed a complaint with the Texas Attorney General's Office asking for an investigation into the county's agreement with American Traffic Solutions to deploy speed monitoring cameras in select school zones.

"The bottom line is the people have a right to know what's going on in their government in every level of government," Fleming said.

GAWTP points to an agenda for the court's August 12 meeting as a possible violation of the Texas Open Meetings Act stating it is too vague.

"The average citizen should be able to look at an agenda and tell what their government is talking about and what's under consideration and it isn't true here," Fleming said.

The group is also asking about the legality of the devices being able to ticket drivers.

"State statutes don't give permission for civil citations for speeding, so if the county goes ahead with this? Any citizen who gets a citation has a standing to sue the county and guess who picks up that tab? Taxpayers do," Fleming said.

GAWTP is not calling for anyone on the commissioners court to step down, but instead to answer questions.

"There needs to be a 'come clean' with what this means for us," she said.

We asked County Judge Joel Baker for a comment on the complaint filed, but he said he had not received it and could not comment until he reviewed it and discussed it with counsel.

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