SUV that catches speeders burned - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

SUV that catches speeders burned

WESTWEGO, La. (AP) - For the second time in two months, vandals have disabled an SUV automated to write speeding tickets in Westwego.

But Assistant Police Chief Ronald Still says a video camera in the back of the truck may have photographed the culprit who poured gasoline along the back bumper of the Ford Escape and set it on fire last week. The arson did about $2,500 in damage. And still says it will be brought back after repairs.

The vehicle is equipped by Redflex Traffic Systems Inc. of Arizona with cameras, radars and lights used to record traffic, detect speeders and take pictures of license plates. In Westwego, they are set to note anyone going eight miles over the speed limit. A police officer reviews video before tickets are issued.

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