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Sep 3, 2013 4:54 AM by AP

B.R. drivers with unpaid tickets aren't punished

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Drivers who run a red light in Baton Rouge aren't paying a price for failing to pay for a traffic camera ticket.

The Advocate reports that the city-parish government hasn't penalized a single scofflaw for overdue payments since the cameras were installed in 2009.

Nearly 150,000 tickets have been issued and roughly 59,000 have gone unpaid in that time.

Running a red light in Baton Rouge carries a $117 fine and a $35 late charge.

John Price, an assistant chief administrative officer to Mayor-President Kip Holden, said the cameras were designed to promote public safety and deter offenders.

Money generated by the tickets is directed toward the Baton Rouge Police Department's budget.

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