The City-Parish Council on Tuesday delayed for a month a vote on an ordinance for final adoption that would create an amnesty period allowing individuals who have accrued late fees connected to SafeLight/SafeSpeed traffic violations to pay their citations without having to pay the late fees. The ordinance also gave the green light to the city’s legal department to being filing suit against motorists who, after the amnesty period, have generated $125 or more in citations. Lafayette government is owed more than $3 million in outstanding tickets issued through the program.

The council delayed the vote while city-parish attorney Mike Hebert researches how revenue generated through city-initiated lawsuits — attorneys contracted by the city to pursue the suits would likely earn about one-third the value of each citation — is divvied up between the city and Redflex, the company that administers the program.

To watch last night’s meeting click here. Discussion about the amnesty ordinance begins at 45:00.


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