The Lafayette City-Parish Council will consider on Tuesday an ordinance that would amend the SafeLight violation for turning right at a red light. Currently, the ordinance specifies a civil penalty of $125 — the same as running a red light. The current ordinance also does not distinguish between stopping at a red light and then turning right, which state law allows, and approaching a red light and turning right without stopping. City-Parish President Joey Durel wants to change that.
According to the proposed ordinance, the violation for turning right at a red light without stopping would be lowered to $50; motorists who stop at a red light and then turn right would face no penalty.
The council is also expected to discuss voting to override some or all of Durel’s vetoes to the budget finalized two weeks ago. Durel amended the budget by about $740,000; he cut roughly $1.14 million, killing park improvements, traffic calming and a fire department pay raise, and reinstated $395,000 to install GPS tracking on LCG vehicles. Durel indicated in his veto statement that he will accept whatever decision the council makes on his vetoes.
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.