State Lawmaker Makes Push To Limit Red-Light Citations

February 20, 2013 | Updated: 10:46 p.m., February 20, 2013

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red light A new push to restrict traffic camera citations is working its way through the legislative process.

If one state law-maker has his way a new law would place limits on which drivers should receive tickets.

“I can’t stand them,” driver Belinda Sopczak said.

They are controversial; they are candid.

“Unnecessary, not needed,” said driver Jerome Cosey. “Don’t make no sense.”.

And most drivers could not like red-light cameras any less.

“I think it’s a money hungry type of system that they put in place,” Cosey said. “I don’t like it; I don’t agree with it, and I know a lot of people who stay in the area don’t agree with it.”

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It’s why State Representative Paul Hollis has pre-filed a bill to restrict traffic camera citations received through the mail.

“This is not about public safety they way I see it,” Hollis said. “This is about taxation.”

Hollis wants to limit tickets issued from red-light or speed cams only to drivers whose vehicles are registered in areas where the automated technology is already in use.

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In other words, if you live in a parish that does not use red-light cameras, the bill will give you immunity when you’re driving in areas that do.

But some people think declaring some drivers exempt will not go over so well.

“I guess if you have an area that does not allow it, you have to enforce it to everybody because you can’t give people immunity for certain areas, certain people at certain times,” driver Dan Hebeisen explained. “It has to be the same across the board.”

Some law-makers argue traffic cameras provide a service; specifically another layer of enforcement to help keep drivers safe.

Hollis begs to differ.

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“Do I think public safety is at issue here? No, I think what’s at issue is making a lot of money and way too much government,” Hollis said. “Way too much big brother and I don’t like it and anything I can do to impede that I’m going to do it.”

“I mean he got my support,” Cosey said.

“I’m on his side,” Sopczak said. “I’m all for it.” “Yeah, I back him 100-percent.”

Hollis says he has taken the first step in a very lengthy process.

He says he’s confident his colleagues and voters will support him.