House transportation approves traffic ticket camera legislation
The Louisiana House Transportation Committee today approved legislation that would prohibit using cameras to issue traffic tickets on state highways, unless the vehicle was traveling ten miles per hour over the speed limit.
Representative Jeff Arnold (D-Algiers) says speed cameras are not used to improve traffic safety, but boost local government revenues.
"Do you want to know a dirty governmental secret?" Arnold said. "Traffic cameras put government revenue over our constituent's rights."
Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden was among officials from city and parish governments arguing against the legislation. He tried to make the argument that traffic cameras have helped reduce the number of crashes.
"We are not policing their wallets," Holden said. "But we have watched a decrease in the number of deaths and crashes."
Despite Holden's testimony, the transportation committee approved Arnold's bill on an eight to seven to vote. It heads to the House floor for more debate.