BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Those pesky red light cameras aren't going away any time soon.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council voted to extend the program’s contract until the end of 2023 on Tuesday, Nov. 26. The vote comes after Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome’s push for a contract extension in October. Her administration says the move is all about public safety.
“A lot of people say this is a money grab on part of the government, but in all honesty, we view it as a public safety component,” said Baton Rouge CAO Darryl Gissel. “It does show, statistics show it does reduce accidents. It changes people’s driving behavior and I think it, for the motoring public, they want to know they’re somewhat safe on the road.”
The new contract allows for Baton Rouge to upgrade equipment, change the locations of the cameras, and even add more around town.
"It also provides the ability to tie the equipment into the police department’s Real Time Crime Center,” Gissel said.
Some council members opposed the extension because some 30% of the fine drivers pay leaves the state, “never to come back in our economy.”
The city-parish currently has 24 cameras stationed at 16 intersections.