Mar 19, 2013 11:28 PM by Erin Steuber

LCG Defers Decision on Amnesty Period for Unpaid Citations

At Tuesday's Lafayette City-Parish Council meeting, the council unanimously decided to defer changes to the Safelight/Safespeed program in regards to unpaid violations. On the agenda was a proposal to allow an amnesty period for late fees. Drivers would still have to pay the initial violation, but the late fee would be waived.

Turns out there's some grey area with who gets the green.

Typically, 60% of the money collected from traffic cameras goes to LCG; 40% to Redflex. So now the question is, will that split still be the same even if LCG does all the work to collect it?

Until the meeting, many thought only LCG would cash in on those efforts. But after discussion, it became clear Redflex would still be owed their 40% cut without having to help LCG collect the outstanding citations.

This involves big money. According to numbers from the Department of Traffic and Transportation, there are nearly 17,000 unpaid Safelight/Safespeed violations, totaling $1,337,000. Late fees for those violations total $698,000.

"The attorneys, Traffic and Transportation and the police are going to give us some information, and the administration, as to what needs to be done at this point," said Councilman William Theriot. "Either (we) include Redflex to participate in the expense of collecting them, or to figure out a way in which Redflex will not receive any of the collection amount, due to them not paying any amount to collect it."

The ordinance was deferred for a minimum of 30 days, and will also apply to unpaid parking tickets.



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