Red-Light Camera Money Could Go To Flood Protection

GRETNA, LA (AP) — The Jefferson Parish Council will consider using about $3 million in revenue from red light cameras to be spent on west bank flood protection and coastal restoration.
 Times-Picayune’s Diana Samuels reports Councilman Elton Lagasse's proposal comes up for a vote on Wednesday.

         While the cameras were shut off in 2010, three lawsuits related to the controversial ticketing program were filed. Last month, a settlement was approved to end all three lawsuits.

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         Lagasse says he wants to see that money go toward coastal restoration and flood protection in Jean Lafitte, Barataria, Crown Point and Grand Isle.

         The red light camera settlement didn't put restrictions on how the money could be spent. Lagasse says if it's not used for something else, it goes into the general fund.

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