Washington Mayor Fights Ticket Law

Tuesday, July 28, 2009 - 7:36am

WASHINGTON, La. (AP) - The mayor of Washington is seeking an
attorney general's opinion on the constitutionality of a new law
that will prevent towns like his from collecting moneys off certain
speed-limit violations.
The new law only affects areas such as Washington that are near
interstates and operate without a home rule charter.
The bill, which goes into effect in August, will send money —
generated from interstate highway speeding tickets for infractions
of 10 miles per hour or less over the posted speed limit — back to
the state instead of remaining in the town or city where they were
issued.
The letter, sent on behalf of Mayor Joseph Pitre (PEE'-tree),
questions whether the law constitutes an equal-protection
violation.