BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The East Baton Rouge Metro Council wants to take a closer look at how effective red light cameras are across the parish and are waiting on a special report.
Councilmember Cleve Dunn and other EBR council members are asking the city if the cameras help with crime, revenue, minimizing wrecks, and more.
The cameras were put in place in 2008 and have since received some backlash.
“People feel it’s unconstitutional. Many people have also said they received a citation when they feel like they didn’t do a violation,” said Dunn. “There are a lot of people in the parish who are not happy with it.”
There are at least a dozen intersections within the city-parish with red light cameras. The city’s Chief Administrative Officer, Darryl Gissel says most of the cameras are at intersections that are unsafe to have a police officer present.
“It’s a modern way to do law enforcement,” said Gissel. “It’s not safe to put officers at those intersections.”
Gissel says ticket fines can run about $160. That money goes back to the Baton Rouge Police Department, bringing in millions.
The cameras help with solving crimes and keeping people safe. The traffic cameras are tied to law enforcement’s real-time crime center, according to Gissel. He says the cameras have helped identify vehicles for specific crime cases.
“Statistics show that if you get one ticket and pay that ticket there’s an 86 percent chance that you will not get a second offense, that you will not do the same thing,” he said.
Councilman Dunn says it’s too early to say if the council wants to get rid of the cameras, but that is on the table.
“If it’s not working, if it’s not effective, I don’t think we should continue the program,” said Dunn.
The council will receive a full report on the cameras at the October 26th council meeting.