Controversial traffic camera ticket system discussed Wednesday
BATON ROUGE- City leaders will debate the controversial red light camera system Wednesday evening.
An item on the week's Metro Council meeting deals with the camera system's contract. American Traffic Solutions, Inc. (ATS) is in charge of the cameras that snap pictures of drivers running red lights and mails offenders a ticket.
The agenda items calls for extending the contract for five additional years or until February 2018. Mayor Kip Holden added it to the agenda.
The system has been in place since 2007 and has turned out 130,000 citations.
In 2011, WBRZ News 2 obtained red light camera records. Then, overall billing was $18.5 million. Four million dollars of that was paid to ATS. The city made $6 million off the program, but $8 million wasn't paid.
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