Audit: Town of Washington kept fines illegally
BATON ROUGE- A state audit has found that Washington, a small town along Interstate 49 that depends on speeding fines to support its budget, has decided not to comply with a 2009 state law aimed at reducing speed traps.
Instead, the audit of the town's 2009-2010 fiscal year found it kept about $200,000 in speeding fines that should have gone to the state.
The law removed the economic incentive for some enforcement activity on interstates by requiring many towns to forfeit to the state any fines for speeds of less than 10 miles over the limit.
The Advocate reports the Washington Town Hall was closed Monday, and Mayor Joseph Pitre could not be reached for comment.