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New company could take over red light and speed cameras in Lafayette

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Changes could be coming to red light and speed cameras in Lafayette.

Lafayette Consolidated Government is considering a new company to administer the program, after 10 years of working with Redflex.

Councilman Bruce Conque says Redflex isn't doing job enforcing the fines for speed and traffic light violations. "If you're going to have a program in place and it's going to be effective, you have to have some consequences involved. Otherwise, what's the point?"

The contract says about 40 percent of a ticket fine goes to Redflex and the rest goes to LCG. However, the city is losing money because many drivers feel they don't have to pay it. 

Conque said, "While we are enforcing the law through electronic means, we are not following up on the collections. So, there's no real consequence to the citation that's being issued."

That's why several council members are talking to American Traffic Solutions, an alternative provider. Conque said, "The hardware that we've seen from A-T-S is totally different technology. It's the same approach, but the hardware is different."

The Redflex contract ends in June 2017, and because it's considered a professional service, Mayor-President Joel Robideaux makes the ultimate decision. 

Conque added, "We have that choice. We need to make a careful study of where we are today, where we want to be in the future, and who do we partner with to accomplish effective means of addressing driver behavior." 

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