POSTED: Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 1:30pm
UPDATED: Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 1:34pm
Jefferson, La (WDSU) — The chairman of the Jefferson Parish Council is launching an effort to refund millions of dollars collected as fines through the now-defunct automated traffic camera system.
Chris Roberts said that he will introduce a measure that would return that money. The resolution will be considered when the Council meets next week.
Roberts said more than $20 million has been held in escrow - money that could some day be returned.
The camera network was deactivated in 2010 -- less than three years after it was put in place. The company that operated the system, Redflex, is under intense scrutiny following allegations of bribery related to a contract in Chicago.
In 2011, the WDSU I-Team reported that Jefferson Parish officials were called to testify before a federal grand jury and were then subpoenaed for documents related to the traffic camera program.
"This is something we think needs to be done in light of the allegations in Chicago and what's happened here in Jefferson Parish," Roberts said.
Redflex is based in Australia and is one of the largest traffic camera management firms in the world. It is not involved with the Orleans Parish traffic cameras, which were installed and are maintained by American Traffic Solutions, Inc. Those cameras remain online.