[Update: The City-Parish Council voted 6-3 Tuesday against the ordinance putting LCG's electronic traffic enforcement program to a public vote.]

The Lafayette City-Parish Council will vote on an introductory ordinance Tuesday that could lead to a public vote on whether to repeal consolidated government’s SafeLight/SafeSpeed program. The ordinance is the latest gambit by District 9 Councilman William Theriot, long an opponent of the electronic traffic enforcement system whose recent effort to pass an ordinance that would have allowed LCG’s contract with Redflex to expire was handily defeated by the council.

As The Advocate and Advertiser have both reported, city-parish attorney Mike Hebert has cautioned the council that a council-initiated public vote on SafeLight/SafeSpeed may run counter to state and local law, suggesting that such a referendum should be initiated through a public petition. The council recently voted to authorize City-Parish President Joey Durel to renegotiate a new four-year contract with Redflex.

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