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.