Should red light camera fines not count for some vehicle owners?
Chris Miller Reporting
A Northshore lawmaker wants to limit how red light and speed-detection cameras operate. Rep. Paul Hollis of St. Tammany is proposing that the fines issued by such cameras only be enforceable against people whose vehicles are registered in jurisdictions that use the systems -- for example, a St. Tammany resident caught on a New Orleans red light camera wouldn't have to pay the fine.
"In St. Tammany Parish, automated traffic enforcement devices are not in use," Hollis said in a news release. "If one of our citizens drives in another parish where these devices are located, they should not be subject to the penalties imposed by them. I don't want to infringe on the will of local governments or the voters who support them, but I don't want the rest of us to have to bow to their will, either."
Hollis argues residents of areas where such cameras are in use have voted for the officials who authorized them , so they have given some form of approval. But he says drivers unaware of the cameras "should not be subject to penalties as a result."