Red Light Cameras Headed to Ascension Parish
GONZALES, La. (AP) - The Ascension Parish Council has adopted an ordinance establishing the legal structure to set up red-light cameras and assess fees on drivers photographed running lights.
Before the 10-0 vote Thursday, parish government officials, Sheriff Jeff Wiley and others emphasized that the parish's share of the fees would be used for traffic safety improvements only.
Speakers underscored what they said is the cameras' track record of reducing accidents as reports emerged that Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development officials had temporarily blocked new cameras in many cases.
Once the cameras are in place, violators would be charged $95 on the first offense and $145 per offense thereafter.