Louisiana Representative Paul Hollis of Covington has pre-filed a bill to restrict the use of automated traffic cameras. His legislation would prohibit the ticketing of individuals who don't live in the parish where those cameras are located:

If you reside in the area that doesn't allow for them we shouldn't be subjected to them. And I say subjected to them as fines or taxes.

Paul Hollis, Facebook
Paul Hollis, Facebook

Rep. Hollis says drivers whose vehicles are registered in areas with no red light cameras shouldn't have to pay a fine they're issued a ticket. He also goes after the safety argument for their use. He says red-light and speed-enforcement cameras have nothing to do with helping keep Louisiana roads safer "because for every study that's out there that tries to assert that these are about improving public safety I find just as many studies out there that debunk those."

This is a different approach to failed bills filed by state lawmakers that have sought to elimate these cameras altogether. Rep. Hollis says he "give(s) greater credence to a uniformed officer traffic stop than...a red light camera machine" and believes automated cameras are nothing more than a revenue-generating tool:

I think of them as just taxing machines, that's it.

State lawmakers convene for the new session on April 8th.

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