Harahan mayor vetoes law that would bring traffic cameras to town

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Harahan, La. (WGNO) – Harahan Mayor Tina Miceli has vetoed an ordinance that would have brought traffic cameras to Harahan.

Miceli said in a press release that she does not believe Harahan needs traffic cameras “if the chief of police deploys his officers in a manor consistent with past administrations.”

She said the council passed the traffic camera ordinance at the request of Police Chief Tim Walker.

Traffic cameras take photos of vehicles that are speeding or running red lights and send the ticket through the mail.

“Many of our citizens have indicated their displeasure with the vote taken by the council to allow traffic cameras,” Miceli said. “Many believe they will destroy the charm of a quaint community. Many have voiced concern that they do not see controls as they have in past years. By vetoing this ordinance, we can protect the integrity of our community and the safety of our people.”

Miceli notified Walker and the council members of her intent to veto this ordinance by letter sent this afternoon.

New Orleans has 66 red light and speed cameras throughout the city and plans to add 55 new cameras next year.

Jefferson Parish had a red light ticket program from 2007-2010. Officials abandoned the program after questionable payments came to light from the Arizona-based red light camera company to local lobbyists.

A class action suit filed in Jefferson Parish led to refunds for more than 50,000 people who paid red light camera tickets.

It’s unclear whether the Harahan council plans to override the mayor’s veto.

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