Feb 14, 2013 7:03 PM by Tonya LaCoste
The latest SafeLights/SafeSpeed report shows fewer crashes at Lafayette intersections equipped with red light cameras. Overall, there have been 227 fewer crashes at those intersections since the program began in October 200. Total crashes have decreased by 64 percent, right angle crashes have decreased by 43 percent and rear-end crashes by 80 percent. In an internal memo to the city-parish council, Director of Transportation and Development Tony Tramel said, "The reduction of traffic crashes continues to reflect a significant postive improvement in reducing traffic crashes related to driver behavior, which was originally identified as the principal purpose of the SafeLight/Safe/Speed programs."
Through December 2012, LCG has collected $12.3 million, with $5.5 million going to the vendor, Redflex. In the past, LCG has received 55 percent of the revenue, but will now receive 60 percent after an city-parish council vote approving the increase.
Outstanding fines from 6,426 red light runners between March 2009 and December 2012 total $895,000. There are 10,500 drivers who've received SafeSpeed violations but haven't paid their fines totaling $1.2 million.