Committee passes bill to restrict traffic cameras on highways - KLFY News 10

Committee passes bill to restrict traffic cameras on highways

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A Louisiana House committee passed a bill on Monday that would restrain the use of traffic cameras on state highways. To be approved, the bill must pass the full House and Senate.

The bill would restrict city officials from using traffic cameras to issue tickets on state highways. The exception would be if drivers were captured traveling 10 miles per hour or more above the speed limit within city limits. Lafayette police believe the city is a more safe place due to the traffic cameras.

"The most serious type of crash that anyone could ever be involved in, where there's the most injuries, would be a right angle crash. We've seen a reduction in the amount of crashes at those intersection where these cameras are located" says Corporal Paul Mouton with the Lafayette Police Department. Mouton says in addition to reducing speeding in problem areas and red light violations, the traffic cameras allow officers to be more accessible for emergency situations.

"It frees up officers. For example, any certain subdivision we may get a complaint regarding speeding at that location and rather than using a police officer to go out there and do enforcement for two or three hours at a time, we would then take a speed van and put it on that street to do the enforcement in lieu of that officer and then that officer will be freed up to go and patrol in other areas where we may have a quality of life issue."

The over 8.2 million dollars collected by Lafayette Consolidated Government since the arrival of traffic cameras in 2007 contributes to the police departments budget toward public safety and enforcement.

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