Louisiana: Future of Baton Rouge’s red light cameras uncertain after Metro Council rejects extending contract

Baton Rouge’s controversial red light camera program faces an uncertain future after the Metro Council failed to renew a contract Wednesday — a decision that could allow drivers to blow through intersections without consequences while officials scramble to fill a void in public safety funding after the current pact expires Dec. 31.

The motion to approve a renegotiated contract with American Traffic Solutions failed on a tie vote; one council member didn’t vote and another was absent. City-parish Chief Administrative Officer Darryl Gissel said the proposal will likely return to the council’s agenda in January.

Under a program first approved in 2007, the city-parish has used its revenue to support salaries for more than 50 Baton Rouge police officers. If the council decides against entering a new contract, it would need to find a new funding source.