Cameras help authorities catch litterers - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Cameras help authorities catch litterers

By Brandon Richards - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC-TV) – Calcasieu Parish officials are expanding their use of surveillance cameras in catching litterers.

The parish actually started using the cameras to crack down on litterers about three years ago.

The cameras are hidden at various "hot spots" known to be popular dumping grounds for litterers.

Officials plan on purchasing more cameras this year.

"The littering problem here in Calcasieu Parish is much the same as a lot of communities," said Jason Barnes, the parish's special programs coordinator, who helps to oversee the anti-litter campaign. "Litter is just a problem in this area."

There is no data for how many people have been successfully prosecuted because of the cameras, but officers did issue more than 75 tickets for littering last year. About 35 cases were brought before a district judge, according to Barnes.

Punishment for littering includes fines and community service. If someone refuses to pay the fine within six weeks, they can have their driver's license suspended.

"There are a lot of people in our community who just have no regard for our environment or the area in which we live," said Barnes.

Barnes said he wishes more people would see littering as more than a petty crime. He said littering can have economic consequences, recalling how the City of Monroe lost out on a major jobs deal because the city was seen as too trashy for a company that was looking to move there.

"We have to get tough on litterers," said Barnes.  "It's important for litterers to know…at some point law enforcement is going to get you."

If you see someone littering, you can call the anti-litter hotline at 493-5487.

Copyright 2011 KPLC. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • WATCH LIVE ON 7NEWS SUNRISE: Bike lanes

    WATCH LIVE ON 7NEWS SUNRISE: Bike lanes

    Thursday, September 21 2017 5:39 AM EDT2017-09-21 09:39:56 GMT
    (Source: pablo)(Source: pablo)

    Good Morning. John Bridges and Britney Glaser here with a look at what's coming up on 7News Sunrise. 

    More >>

    Good Morning. John Bridges and Britney Glaser here with a look at what's coming up on 7News Sunrise. 

    More >>
  • 'Run with the Nuns' charity event happening this Saturday

    'Run with the Nuns' charity event happening this Saturday

    Thursday, September 21 2017 5:30 AM EDT2017-09-21 09:30:11 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Warm up your motorcycle, get your cooking utensils ready and lace up your running shoes for this year's Run with the Nuns Charity Ride, 5K Run and Cook-Off. Normally, the event traditionally includes a motorcycle/jeep ride and a rice and gravy cook-off, but this year a 5K run is being added.  The annual fundraiser is focused on Hospital needs. Last year and this year the event has been dedicated in memory of Coach Max Caldarera, a former Westlake head football coach ...

    More >>

    Warm up your motorcycle, get your cooking utensils ready and lace up your running shoes for this year's Run with the Nuns Charity Ride, 5K Run and Cook-Off. Normally, the event traditionally includes a motorcycle/jeep ride and a rice and gravy cook-off, but this year a 5K run is being added.  The annual fundraiser is focused on Hospital needs. Last year and this year the event has been dedicated in memory of Coach Max Caldarera, a former Westlake head football coach ...

    More >>
  • Emotions flare during drainage town hall

    Emotions flare during drainage town hall

    Wednesday, September 20 2017 11:43 PM EDT2017-09-21 03:43:29 GMT
    Source: Christian PiekosSource: Christian Piekos

    Portions of Iowa have been left swamped by recent heavy rains, especially from Harvey. Wednesday night, residents voiced their opinions on how the town should find a solution to its drainage quagmire. "The biggest thing is just maintaining the ditches," said Iowa resident Warren Hanks. "They're doing it now, but that's after the fact." One-by-one, Iowa residents approached town leaders and emotionally asked for solutions. Many said the town hasn't been clean...

    More >>

    Portions of Iowa have been left swamped by recent heavy rains, especially from Harvey. Wednesday night, residents voiced their opinions on how the town should find a solution to its drainage quagmire. "The biggest thing is just maintaining the ditches," said Iowa resident Warren Hanks. "They're doing it now, but that's after the fact." One-by-one, Iowa residents approached town leaders and emotionally asked for solutions. Many said the town hasn't been clean...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly