Fifteenth JDC Judge Glennon Everett ruled Wednesday that Lafayette Consolidated Government’s traffic programs are constitutional. Tossing out all but one aspect of the suit, that pertaining to the use of a "boot" to immobilize the vehicles of drivers who don’t pay their traffic fines (which Lafayette has not used), Everett ruled against the 41 local residents who claim the programs violate the Constitution.
The residents argued that LCG’s SafeSpeed and SafeLight systems should not be allowed to go on because they treat traffic violations as civil rather than criminal matters. According to The Advocate:
The residents argued that Lafayette’s camera-enforcement program is contrary to state law because the program treats traffic tickets as civil violations, meaning the alleged violator is not given the same protections as a criminal defendant.
The lawsuit also alleges that sending notices of SafeLight/SafeSpeed violations through the mail violates state law provisions on how civil court papers should be served.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.
Philip deMahy Sr., a once respected New Iberia ad exec, was sentenced May 2 to spend the next two years (he faced up to 100 years) in a state penitentiary after state and federal investigators found dozens of images depicting children engaged in lewd sexual acts on his personal computer.