SafeSpeed/SafeLight tickets 71 percent of recordings
Seventy-one percent of potential violations caught by
SafeSpeed and Safelight cameras wind up as traffic tickets, according to
reports provided by Lafayette Consolidated Government’s Traffic and Transportation
Department. The reports show the traffic cameras recording a total of 46, 995
potential violations – 7, 832 a month – from the six months of operation from
Oct. 1 through March 31. Through the end of March, only 28, 021 tickets had
been issued, with 7,658 potential violations still being processed
(it takes about a month for camera recordings to be reviewed and tickets
Of those already processed, a total of 11,316 potential violations were discarded due to issues with picture quality, vehicle
registration, invalid offenses and other problems. The most frequent reasons listed for
dismissing violations was cameras capturing paper registration plates (2,236
instances) and a case of "two vehicles in beam" (1,677 instances).
Potential violations were also dismissed because of blurry
images (1045), license plate obstruction (1026), false radar triggers
(602) and capturing emergency vehicles (152).
Is it a crime for citizens to photograph, video, or take notes of a police officer in the line of duty, or a right protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? Locally, such activity, as witnessed recently, will at the very least result in a night spent behind bars.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
Episcopal School of Acadiana’s Dr. Joshua Caffery, chair of the school’s English Department, is headed to Washington, D.C., and the Library of Congress as the latest winner of the Alan Lomax Fellowship in Folklife Studies.