The Lafayette Consolidated Council approved the 30-Day Amnesty Program. The program gives a break to delinquent traffic ticket holders. Anyone with an unpaid traffic violation related to parking, red light running and speeding can pay that ticket minus the late fees.
It's a break many city parish residents have been waiting for. City-parish attorney Mike Hebert handled the questions.
Especially questions about what happens once the amnesty period ends. "We're going to start filing the suits as quickly as we can and see how fast we can get them through court," says Hebert.
The ordinance allows for lawsuits to be filed on fines of $125 or more. Hebert says only Louisiana ticker holders will be pursued. Councilman WilliamTheriot asked about Shreveport, Many, New Orleans and Baton Rouge? Hebert responded "yes."
According to LCG Traffic and Transportation LCG is owed about $3.1 million in outstanding violations. That's a little over $11,800 unpaid parking tickets, 6,400 red light citations and nearly 12,000 speeding tickets. Once signed by LCG President Joey Durel, the ordinance goes into effect immediately and runs through June 30.