Speed trap signs could be required in select towns: passes in committee 9-3

Speed trap signs could be required in select towns: passes in committee 9-3
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Louisiana Politics
Monday, March 24, 2014 - 6:52pm

We’ve all driven through small towns notorious for handing out speeding tickets. Well, there's a new bill that would require signs warning you of speed traps and Monday, it passed through a house committee

The new signs would only go up in small towns that get most of their revenue from speeding ticket, so you won’t see them in Baton Rouge but you would in small communities like Woodworth.

There was a lot of discussion about this proposed bill from the term "speed trap" to the sole purpose of it but locals think it’s a great idea.

There are dozens of small communities in Louisiana and many of them rely on one thing to keep them up and running, you breaking the law.

"Revenue based law enforcement is the wrong way to go in this state."

So now, a bill has been introduced to help begin to change this.

Any town that gets 50 percent or more of its revenue from speeding tickets will have to put signs up to warn drivers that it is, in fact, a speed trap.

“If they put a sign up that says speed trap ahead I am all for it in fact I am in favor of being able to hold a sign up saying there is a speed trap because I don't believe the purpose is to give people tickets, its to make them drive safer,"

But some lawmakers have a problem with the term "speed trap". Some of you say this wouldn't even be an issue if we drove better.

“Once people start paying attention to the law and driving correctly, Louisiana will get a better reputation."

“I have traveled in sales for years and I have seen too many small communities make their living off of people passing through town,” said Tom Schneider.

Representative Regina Barrow says these signs are something is necessary.

“It’s unfortunate for those individuals who are not familiar with those areas that are traveling through become victims of these traps that are set,” said Rep. Regina Barrow-(D).

But all arguments aside, majority is on board to see this bill pass through.

“It needs to be a bright color so it shines,” noted Rep. Frank Howard-(R).

Each town would have to pay for their own speed trap signs and as long as half the town's revenue comes from speeding tickets, the signs have to stay up.

Representative Plyant says more than a dozen cities that rely on speeding tickets right now.

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