Lafayette Enforcing Law Against Junked Vehicles
LAFAYETTTE, La. (AP) — Lafayette police are once again enforcing a law against rusting and broken-down vehicles. The move comes seven years after a lawsuit put the anti-blight effort on hold and forced a reworking of the city's junked vehicle ordinance.
Police Chief Jim Craft tells The Advocate officers have investigated 82 complaints of junked vehicles since reviving enforcement about four weeks ago.
Of that number, Craft says enforcement action has begun for 25 of the vehicles, which could be towed at the owners' expense if not removed voluntarily.
The Lafayette City-Parish Council passed a new junked vehicle ordinance in November, but Craft said it has taken several months for his department to work out a standardized enforcement process.