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New Orleans forgives all old traffic camera tickets to city employees
Nola.com ^ | March 2, 2012 | Gordon Russell

Posted on 03/05/2012 7:32:33 AM PST by Altariel

When it comes to paying for tickets generated by New Orleans' traffic cameras, some of the biggest scofflaws are city employees driving taxpayer-financed vehicles. As of September 2011, at least 400 city vehicles had racked up fines totaling $547,580, according to records provided by City Hall in response to a public-records request.

And five of the 20 vehicles that owe the city the most money are city vehicles, the records show.

All that is about to change. But not before the slate is wiped clean, said Andy Kopplin, chief administrative officer to Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

Kopplin said he doesn't think it would be fair to try to go after employees who have racked up tickets because the city has not spelled out clear rules thus far.

(Excerpt) Read more at nola.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: louisiana; neworleans

1 posted on 03/05/2012 7:32:39 AM PST by Altariel
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To: Altariel

“Some animals are more equal than others.”


2 posted on 03/05/2012 7:36:16 AM PST by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Altariel

‘It said NOPD officers — who comprise a large number of the ticket recipients — must pay traffic-camera tickets unless the officer was responding to a call for service.
But because many officers had been operating under informal guidance that such tickets didn’t have to be paid, and because it’s difficult to sort out which tickets were received before the policy was clarified, the city decided to forgive all tickets to date, Kopplin said.’

Wow, thats interesting. More entitlement mentality from the Thin Skinned Line. Here I thought traffic laws were about safety. Silly me!


3 posted on 03/05/2012 7:40:54 AM PST by 556x45
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To: 556x45

If the city employees don’t have to pay them, I don’t see why I should have to pay the tickets either.

Goose - gander.

Who wants to bet that New Orleans sees a steep drop in ticket revenue?


4 posted on 03/05/2012 7:48:39 AM PST by LeopoldvonRanke
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To: Altariel

Well, cameras are racist.............


5 posted on 03/05/2012 7:52:24 AM PST by Red Badger (If the Government can make you buy heath insurance, they can make you buy a Volt................)
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To: LeopoldvonRanke

“If the city employees don’t have to pay them, I don’t see why I should have to pay the tickets either.”

Time for a class action lawsuit on the part of the citizen violators. NOLA evidently doesn’t know about “equal protection.”


6 posted on 03/05/2012 8:11:46 AM PST by vette6387
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To: Altariel

Government workers do not pay fines, Comrade, only the proletariat.


7 posted on 03/05/2012 8:50:06 AM PST by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: Altariel

Discrimination.


8 posted on 03/05/2012 9:01:58 AM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: Altariel
selective enforcement of the law is a crime...

9 posted on 03/05/2012 9:06:09 AM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Lurker
“Some animals are more equal than others.”

Democrats...

10 posted on 03/05/2012 9:10:14 AM PST by GOPJ (Democrat-media complex¬óburied stories and distorted facts... freeper 'andrew' Breitbart)
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To: Altariel

What law gives them the authority to decide who has to go through the legal process?

Make the ticket recipients go through the court system - if they are not guilty, then no fine - just like the rest of us.


11 posted on 03/05/2012 9:11:01 AM PST by Triple (Socialism denies people the right to the fruits of their labor, and is as abhorrent as slavery)
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To: 556x45
"NOPD officers — who comprise a large number of the ticket recipients — must pay traffic-camera tickets unless the officer was responding to a call for service. But because many officers had been operating under informal guidance that such tickets didn’t have to be paid, and because it’s difficult to sort out which tickets were received before the policy was clarified, the city decided to forgive all tickets to date, Kopplin said.’

The NOPD officers involved should be called before the court for the offense, just as everyone else. Surely, there must be records of times and dates that officers were responding to calls for service. It shouldn't be too hard to access the database and screen out those where verified written reports exist detailing a response call. Let the court make the determination as to whether the fine should be paid or not.

If all of these officers at least had to make an appearance in traffic court (or pay the fines), that should get their attention.

12 posted on 03/05/2012 9:43:10 AM PST by BlueLancer (KOMEN PINK: The color of the water in the basin after Pilate finished washing his hands)
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