Posted: Jul 24, 2011 11:43 AM by Chris Welty
Updated: Jul 24, 2011 11:43 AM
WASHINGTON, La. (AP) - An audit suggests the town of Washington
owes state government $222,130 from speeding tickets issued by
police officers on Interstate 49.
State law requires fines collected by local law enforcement from
motorists exceeding the speed limit by less than 10 miles per hour
on an interstate highway to be turned over to the state Treasury.
The law applies only to local governments without a home rule
Washington Mayor Joseph Pitre says if his town has to remit
speeding ticket revenues to the state, he wants other St. Landry
Parish governmental agencies that profited from them to give back
their revenues, too.
The audit found Washington should have sent to the state
treasury $220,130 in fines collected between Aug. 15, 2009, and
June 30, 2010.