Ex-lawmaker: some traffic stops illegal

klfy.com | Jun 9, 2012

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) – A former state senator says a Jefferson Davis parish town may be breaking state law by setting ticket quotas for its officers.

The Welsh Police Department has faced criticism from town council members for hiring off-duty officers to enforce traffic laws on Interstate 10.

Former state Sen. Joe McPherson tells the American Press (http://bit.ly/KGHKat ) that the activity appears to violate a state law he sponsored before leaving the Legislature.

Welsh Police Chief Tommy Chaisson Chaisson says he knows ticket quotas are illegal, and he insisted the traffic detail doesn’t use them.

Chaisson told the town council in March that if officers aren’t writing one ticket per hour, they aren’t being productive. The council refused that month to allow Chaisson to lengthen shifts from six hours to 12 hours.

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