Jeff. Parish Spends $360K To Fight Red-Light Camera Lawsuits

GRETNA, LA (AP) — It has cost Jefferson Parish taxpayers more than $360,000 so far to fight three related lawsuits over the parish's now-defunct red-light camera program.

         The Times-Picayune’s Adriane Quinlan reports the parish has allocated $364,428 to pay for legal representation in the lawsuits concerning Redflex Traffic Systems.

         Redflex operated the parish's red-light camera ticket program from 2007 until the council voted to unplug the cameras in 2010 over Redflex payments to lobbyists.

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         Two of the lawsuits are by ticketed drivers against the parish and Redflex. A third lawsuit was filed by Redflex against the parish.

         The parish collected about $21 million in fines through the red-light program. The council voted in 2013 to refund drivers who paid tickets, but the money will not be divvied up until after all legal fees are paid.

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