Traffic cams officially out to catch speeders in Sulphur
Posted: Jan 28, 2009 08:21 PM
Updated: Jan 28, 2009 08:21 PM
By Amanda Ward - bio | email
LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Starting Thursday morning a Red Flex speed enforcement vehicle will be parked in areas that Sulphur Police say have problems with speeders. "Many times complaints are called in from neighborhoods and officers are not able to help with the speeders due to other calls," said SPD Chief Chris Abrahams.
He added, "Sometimes drivers who normally speed slow down just because they notice the marked police car," but he hopes the Red Flex vehicle may be a different story.
"While it is marked with Sulphur police markings on the sides, drivers may not recognize it from the front and back," the chief said.
For the month of February, speeder can expect a warning, but after that it's a fine starting at $25 and the price goes up with each mile over the limit.
"But the fines are significantly lower than if an officer actually pulls you over for speeding," said Chief Abrahams, "and the offense doesn't go on your driving record."
The ordinance has been highly debated by Sulphur City Council and the community since last Fall and is finally being put to the test.
"We get complaints all of the time about speeding, and if this program slows one driver or prevents one child from being hit or possibly killed by speeding then it's worth it," he said.
Sulphur Mayor Ron Leleux said, "if you're against it, I would say study the facts. It works. It's worked wherever it's been."
He added, that by the city using Red Flex it doesn't cost tax payers a thing, while beefing up the police force does, and "if you don't speed, you won't get ticketed."