The red light camera program in Baton Rouge is yet to begin
issuing tickets, but lawyers are already suggesting that once it does, a
lawsuit will be filed. WAFB in Baton Rouge is reporting that attorneys from the
firm of Joseph McMahon III in Jefferson Parish, the same firm that has already
filed suit against traffic camera programs in Lafayette and in Jefferson
Parish, are already eyeing a similar legal challenge in the capitol city.
One of the firm’s lead attorneys, Anthony Maska, tells
WAFB, "We believe there's problems with the constitutionality of this
statute in the way that it's enforced, which ignores certain due process rights
and other rights protected by the Constitution." Any suit would not be
filed until after the program is fully operational and began ticketing a
significant number of violators. Thus far, Baton Rouge only has cameras in
place at one intersection, with plans in place to install four more in the
coming weeks. Baton Rouge contracts with the company American Traffic Solutions
to install and operate its cameras. The Lafayette and Jefferson Parish programs
are run by Redflex Traffic Systems.
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to offer shares of its stock to the public for the first time.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.