Community leaders saying it's not a speed trap, but safety measures
LAFAYETTE, LA (KADN) — "Since 2004 since I've been mayor I pulled the chief in the first day and I told him, I says we will not be known as a speed trap," says Sherbin Collette, teh mayor of Henderson.
Which is something that has happened, and now a class-action lawsuit against Henderson police chief and his assistant seeks more than two-million dollars in refunds for drivers ticketed along I-10 by Henderson.
"Last time coming home, I work offshore so I'm back and forth, last time they got me they clocked me it's garbage, it's garbage," says Chris Olavarrieta, resident.
Police chief LeRoy Guidry and deputy chief Oliver Mack Lloyd have allegedly been involved in an illegal ticket quota system offering officers fifteen dollars per traffic ticket along I-10 as long as the officer issued two tickets an hour, something both men deny.
"I saw several on the way in so I know they're out there looking for people. I don't know what they're planning on doing about it, but I hope they do something about it because people are going to speed regardless, but paying people extra to ticket drivers is just not a good plan," says Stuart Stewart, resident.
Local residents along with travelers along I-10 have noticed the extra force around this area, and are curious as to why. Police chief Guidry has an explanation.
"This is known as blood alley. We're frequently criticized for working this stretch of interstate, but this is the result of speed and unattended drivers," says Chief LeRoy Guidry, Henderson chief of police.
And although he criticizes a speed trap, Mayor Collette believes the extra force in Henderson is saving lives.
"We catch people there sometimes over one-hundred miles per hour, and that's ridiculous so if we wouldn't be there then we would have more fatalities," says Mayor Collette.
After pleading not guilty for multiple charges, Chief Guidry and Lloyd both remain in their jobs with a message to the traveling public.
"I've had a lot of single fatalities. It's coming off that bridge fighting for position aggressive drivers, and we're targeting aggressive drivers," says Chief Guidry.