Louisiana Editorial: Small-town speed traps aren’t solutions to town’s problems

One of the most reliable controversies, and one that has recurred frequently, is speed traps.

Yes, people should not exceed speed limits.

No, small towns’ problems are not going to be solved by milking the revenues from traffic tickets.

The Advocate’s review of financial records shows that speed traps are rising, despite long-standing efforts in the Legislature to tamp down the number of tickets written by small-town officers.

The number of Louisiana towns, villages and small cities in which fines make up at least half their revenues has risen from 15 in 2007 to more than 25 in 2018. The same review of state audits of local finances shows that 60 other municipalities reported that fines and forfeitures accounted for more than 30 percent of government revenues. That’s up from 28 in 2007.