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Redflex in Lafayette: Revenues down, unpaid tickets climbing

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Next month, the future of the Safelight/Safespeed program will be debated in Lafayette.

Lafayette Consolidated Government's contract with Redflex Traffic Systems, the company that administers the program, expires in June. 

Our question: Is the program working? We're getting answers about the controversial traffic cameras, including our first look at data in more than four years.

More than $7 million uncollected

KATC Investigates uncovered LCG's take from the Safelight/Safespeed program is at one of its lowest points since the program came to Lafayette, reaching a peak in 2009 — when LCG collected more than $1.7 million in revenue. But revenues have seen a steady decline ever since, reaching their lowest point in 2012 with revenues just under $970,000.

There was a slight bump in 2013 to nearly $1.2 million, but that year, LCG offered an amnesty program to unpaid violators and waived late fees. Since then, the decline has continued. Revenue in 2016 was reported at about $983,000.

Like revenue, violations bottomed out in 2012 after years of decline. But since then, the number of violations has wavered between 70,000-80,000 tickets issued each year.

But considering that revenue has been decreasing and the number of violations inconsistent, the most noteworthy metric is the amount of unpaid citations.

Over the life of the nearly decade-long program, unpaid violations — those that are more than 121 days overdue — amount to nearly $11.9 million. Because LCG returns 40 percent of that money to Redflex, the dollar amount of unpaid violations accounts for more than $7 million in lost revenue for the local government, specifically the Lafayette Police Department. 

With the contract up for review, Lafayette Police Chief Toby Aguillard — who's in charge of the traffic program — declined to comment on the unpaid violations until he's briefed by the city on the future of the Redflex contract.

Meanwhile, at least one Redflex competitor, American Traffic Solutions, is vying for the job.

By the numbers

KATC Investigates compiled Safelight/Safespeed figures into the graphic below. Click the tabs at the top of the graphic to see various metrics for the program.

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