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National report highlights speed trap on I-10

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Posted: Jul 16, 2014 10:45 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: Jul 17, 2014 8:55 AM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: henderson, tickets, police, speed trap

HENDERSON - This quiet town, nestled on the edge of the Atchafalaya Basin in the heart of Cajun Country, can be scare for drivers as they leave the raised, westbound lanes of the I-10 Basin Bridge and approach the town's exit.

Typically, police are waiting for drivers traveling above the speed limit. The town has been labeled a "speed trap" and while frequent drivers on I-10 are well aware of the police presence here, a national audience was told all about it Wednesday night.

Henderson was featured in a report on ABC World News.

There have been allegations that police are on a quota system since 80 percent of the budget for Henderson was covered by speeding tickets handed out at the bottom of the bridge. There is a class-action lawsuit alleging police are paid extra for writing tickets, too.

"The law of this state clearly states that one may not be paid based on the number of tickets that are issued," St. Martin Parish Assistant District Attorney Chester Cedars said in the report.

Click HERE to read more from ABC News.

There is a website that lets users document where and when they notice a speed trap. Since 2000, 82,000 speed traps have been reported on the site.

"It's like a dirty, little secret but it's really not a secret, but it certainly is dirty," a retired police officer said in the ABC News report about speed traps.
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