If you've been waiting for some sort of sign before deciding to pay-off your delinquent traffic tickets, then you're still waiting. The Lafayette Consolidated Council tabled a proposed amnesty ordinance Tuesday.
$3.1 million in unpaid parking tickets, speeding and red light violations; that's the amount of money Lafayette Consolidated stood to recoup if they had agreed to the amnesty program to allow unpaid traffic violations to be paid-off without having to pay the late fees.
LCG President Joey Durel says he supports the program and including going after those who still refuse to pay. "I think the people who come forth with the amnesty period are going to come forth because they're good people and want to pay; but they're not going to pay it if they're not going to have everyone else forced to pay it."
After the amnesty period, the city parish attorney can file lawsuits for violations that exceed $125. "it was such a large balance of penalties that had not been previously collected. That certainly is the intent is to move forward with these lawsuits," explains attorney Mike Hebert.
The ordinance gives the city parish attorney the power to retain outside counsel to assist in the lawsuits. The speed bump comes when Redflex - the company responsible for the traffic camera program throughout Lafayette - stands to gain 40% of what LCG recoups in court. The council believed otherwise. "LCG whatever is collected retains 100% of what is collected and I'm absolutely almost certain on that," adds councilman Kenneth Boudreaux.
Councilman William Theriot suggested that the ordinance be deferred for 30 days and until something can be worked out where LCG gets all the money owed - without having to pay off Redflex. "Most people know that I don't support the program. I don't have a problem with the amnesty period, but I do have a couple of questions about it."
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