Lafayette isn’t the only place where the sight of a Redflex van makes drivers see red. The firm, which contracts with local governments to issue automated speeding tickets, has been dropped by Livingston Parish’s law enforcement officials. This week, after the “speeder van” illegally parked on the private property of the Carroll Baptist Church in Walker, church officials had the van towed. This was the last straw in a litany of traffic violations committed by speed van drivers, as well as the company issuing hundreds of questionable speeding tickets that resulted in the parish refunding drivers for more than 2,000 tickets. The Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office discontinued participating in the program yesterday, while the Livingston Parish Council, which has a contract with the company, will address their concerns with Redflex imminently.
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.