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Speed trap, LACE detail not same thing

Last Modified: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 12:08 PM

By Andrew Perzo / American Press

What’s the difference between speed traps and programs in Calcasieu Parish where they pay officers so much an hour strictly to write tickets for revenue?

“Speed trap” means different things to different people. Some believe a police car parked on a highway’s shoulder constitutes a speed trap; others think themselves victims of speed traps whenever they’re ticketed for speeding.

But, as driver advocacy group the National Motorists Association points out, “speed trap” actually refers to revenue-driven — rather than safety-minded — enforcement via “speed limits posted below the prevailing flow of traffic.”

The program the reader refers to — called LACE, for local agency compensated enforcement — doesn’t meet that definition, according to Calcasieu Parish District Attorney John DeRosier, whose office sponsors LACE programs with Lake Charles and Sulphur police.

Money from the program does provide funding for the DA’s office, but it has also been used to buy uniforms, radars, computers and vehicles for police and to provide funding for the cash-strapped Public Defender’s Office, he said.

The program, which covers overtime costs for officers, is designed primarily to enforce traffic laws, and it leads to a “significantly reduced” number of traffic accidents and reports of crime in areas where participating officers are detailed, DeRosier said.

He noted that LACE citations aren’t entered into the driving records of those ticketed.

Online: www.motorists.org.

Nonprofit group oversees cemetery

Who is in charge of upkeep at Orange Grove-Graceland Cemetery?

The Lake Charles Cemetery Association is responsible for upkeep at Orange Grove-Graceland.

For more information, association trustee Charles Viccellio said, call Reinauer Real Estate, at 310-8000.

According to the latest tax filing available at www.guidestar.org, a nonprofit information portal, the Lake Charles Cemetery Association had $2.8 million in assets at the end of 2012. Its net income for the year was $221,510 — that is, total revenue of $342,037 minus $120,527 in expenses.

Secretary of State’s Office records list Ted Harless Jr. and Lilyn Cutrer as the other trustees.

Online: www.lcb.state.la.us.

Call drainage district about coulee trouble

I live by a coulee in the city of Lake Charles, and the coulee is washing out my property. Who should I contact?

Call Ward 3 Gravity Drainage District 4 at 433-1160.

Online: www.cppj.net.

The Informer answers questions from readers each Sunday, Monday and Wednesday. It is researched and written by Andrew Perzo, an American Press staff writer. To ask a question, call 494-4098 and leave voice mail, or email informer@americanpress.com.

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