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Red light camera refunds possible in Jefferson Parish

Red light cameras are no longer a threat in Jefferson Parish.  The parish turned them off in 2010.

But for a couple of years, the cameras made sure red light runners got a hefty fine.  Now, one Jefferson Parish Council member wants to give the money back.

“I think it’s pretty obvious that this is the right thing for us to do,” said Councilman Chris Roberts.

Roberts originally backed the installation of the cameras.  But after allegations arose of commissions and a federal investigation, Roberts put his support in reverse.

More recently, the company that operates the cameras, Redflex, is facing bribery and other allegations in Chicago, another city that uses the traffic cameras.

Roberts says the parish has collected about $20 million in traffic fines from the cameras and the money has never been spent.

He says the growing dark cloud over Redflex’s ethics is convincing other council members to agree with his refund idea.

“The general consensus seems to be that this is the right thing for us to do.”

The Jefferson Parish Council will take up the proposal during its meeting next Wednesday.