The Fort Bend Southwest Star newspaper has reported that the City of Sugar Land has retained Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP to collect unpaid red light camera fines. The firm specializes in the collection of delinquent funds owed to government.
The paper went on to quote Helwig F. Van Der Grinten, founder of the Houston Coalition Against Red Light Cameras, who said he believes the law firm has no authority to enforce payment, and also believes that the language used in the collection notices is “tantamount to official extortion.”
“They have no business talking about enforcement because they are not a government agency,” he added. “All they can do is request payment for a civil fine.”