Feb 2, 2012 11:28 PM by Shawn Kline

"Booting" cars an 'option' for Redflex offenders

If you are not paying your Redflex fines, Lafayette's Traffic & Transportation Department is coming up with ways to force you to. A boot is just one option on the list.
The SafeLight and SafeSpeed cameras bring in more than $6-million a year but it could be more if Redflex supporters start enforcing the penalties.

Take a look at this hilarious video on YouTube. That's a boot.
It doesn't improve your car's gas milage, but that's the purpose.

Too many unpaid tickets can land you one of those in some areas of the country and according to Lafayette's charter, it's a way of enforcing SafeLight-SafeSpeed fines too.

"To my knowledge, no cars have ever been booted for SafeLight- SafeSpeed violations," Councilman Jared Bellard said.

Here's what the ordinance says:

"...actions which can be used to enforce the payment of this civil penalty and related fees may consist of but not be limited to: immobilization of vehicles (booting), reporting the debt to collection agencies/credit reporting agencies, and/or initiating actions through the small claims court."

Tony Tramel, Lafayette's Director of Traffic & Transportation Department says he'd like to start putting some of those techniques to use.

Just last year, Lafayette sent out more than 64-thousand citations but only 63% of those were paid.

"It's a bluff," Denice Skinner said. "If he thinks he has that power, use it!"

Skinner doesn't support Redflex, or the idea that any of those techniques to get people to pay will actually work.

"If (Tramel) hasn't done it in four years, then there must be a reason why he can't do it," she said.

Tramel told KATC's Shawn Kline he's meeting with City-Parish Council to discuss the possibility of stringent enforcement.
Some councilmembers however, are looking at other options.

"The council could elect to just do away with it," Bellard said. "SafeLight-SafeSpeed- we (can choose) not to renew the contract (if) we don't want to."

Some members on City-Parish Council are seriously considering eliminating Redflex entirely, but that decision won't happen until March.



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