Apr 10, 2012 7:18 PM by Maddie Garrett

Lawmaker Proposes Regulating Traffic Camera Programs

The traffic camera debate is taking center stage among State lawmakers Tuesday, with one legislator hoping to place regulations on red light and speed cameras. If Representative Jeff Arnold's bill passes, drivers wouldn't receive a ticket if driving less than ten miles over the speed limit. The second bill proposes that yellow lights at all intersections with cameras must be at least six seconds long.

"I think it's good that they're doing that, it'll help cut down. But at the same time, I'm not really a big fan of those cameras," said Lafayette driver Joel Hebert.

The proposed regulations are stirring up mixed feelings from drivers.

"The speed limit's the speed limit, I don't think there should be any leeway," said Lisa Lantier.

"Make the yellow lights longer, gets you to stop and slow down," said Louis Ganucheau.

If the Safe Speed and Safe Light cameras were regulated in Lafayette, that could potentially cut down on the number of tickets issued and the amount of money the program brings in.

But how much would the bills really affect Lafayette?

Transportation Director Tony Tramel said currently all yellow lights at camera intersections are at least five seconds long. He added that studies cited in Arnold's bill are incorrect in calculating the six second yellow light for all intersections.

In Lafayette, the fines are based on a gradual scale. When the speed limit is 25 mph, a ticket is issued at six miles per hour or over. at 35 mph it's eight miles or over, and starting at 45 mph a ticket is issued at 10 miles or over.

A Lafayette police officer also appeared before a committee Tuesday at the capitol, touting the Safe Speed and Safe Light cameras in Lafayette.

Also, another bill is on the House floor Tuesday regarding yellow lights. Representative John Guinn of Jennings is proposing that all yellow lights in the State would last at least five seconds.



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