Sunday, November 19, 2017

Judge orders New Orleans to refund three years of traffic camera fines; bill estimated at $28 million

the judge ruled that the city's decision to farm out the traffic enforcement program to the Department of Public Works at the onset of the program in 2008 violated the City Charter, and that the city therefore must repay all traffic camera fines issued from January 2008 to Nov. 3, 2010, according to plaintiff's attorney Joseph McMahon.

A spokesman for Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration said Friday night that the city plans to appeal the ruling, and that people shouldn't expect to see refunds of their $110 ticket payments anytime soon.

Even if the city's appeal fails, McMahon noted, the city has a long history of leaving tens of millions of dollars in civil judgments unpaid for years.

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