LSU buys parking violation cameras
BATON ROUGE - The next time you park illegally at LSU and get ticketed, know that your car will be caught on camera.
The university's Office of Parking, Traffic and Transportation purchased new handheld devices along with new software to replace the previous 14-year-old ticket writing machines.
"Over the years we've tried to keep them together with a little spit and glue, but eventually we just run out of parts. They're obsolete," said Office of Parking Director Gary Graham.
The new handheld devices are equipped with Wi-fi and Bluetooth. It makes printing much easier. The ticket can immediately be found in the system. The parking violation process on campus will stay the same, except a picture of the car parked illegally is attached to the ticket.
"The old system you had to come back had to be manually downloaded it in the middle of the morning and then upload it and download it again," said Graham.
Graham said the picture capability will help with ticket appeals. The picture clearly shows the vehicle's license plate, the permit, where it's parked and other issues the office deals with.
Although the new additions make ticketing more efficient students are more concerned with the cost. The upgrades cost nearly $100,000, and each handheld device totals $3,500 a piece.
"I think it's ridiculous, because of the budget cuts," said junior Bridget Tiek.
"There are a lot of other things that we need. I mean, that could fund two instructors' salaries for a year," said doctoral student Louise Cheetham.
However, money collected from traffic violations paid for the upgrade, not money from the state.
"We have to run our own operation. So everything that we bring in we have to pay all of our expenses and this is one of the things we had to pay for," said Graham.