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QUESTION: I have a camp here in Calcasieu Parish on the River. There is a single dirt road in and out of the campsite. A new couple is building a camp and I have watched the large trucks hauling logs, destroy the road. Is the new couple in any way responsible to fix our road?
ANSWER: Yes, they certainly are. You stated your camp is in Calcasieu Parish. The parish ordinance states that any person may make use of the public roads of the parish for the purpose of hauling logs however they are required to keep the roads in good condition as before. Any person violating this provision will be determined guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction shall be held responsible for all damages caused to such road. This new couple building may not be aware of this, however, they are still responsible for getting the road to the condition it was in before hauling the logs.
QUESTION: I have been trying to report different people for excessive speeding through our neighborhood. There are several different families and a lot of our children play outside together and this is a major concern. I think the speed limit needs to be dropped for the safety of our children, who would determine something like raising or lowering speed zones?
ANSWER: Safety is a concern for the department of motor vehicles and traffic regulations as well. Whenever the department determines, after an engineering and traffic investigation, that any maximum speed that is in place is greater or less than that which is reasonable or safe under the conditions, then the department may declare what is a reasonable and safe maximum speed limit. They will then put up appropriate signs giving notice to the public of the new speed limit, which shall be effective at specific times determined by the department.
QUESTION: I recently bought my child a newer privately owned used vehicle for graduation from high school. About a month after buying the car it began running at a much poorly. After a mechanic examined it, he told me that the car had experienced some major water damage and had many problems. This really upset me. Was the individual I bought it from required to disclose this to me before I bought the car?
ANSWER: Yes, this should have been disclosed to you. Often, we think that such disclosure only applies to dealers, but no person or entity, shall sell, transfer any used motor vehicle to any person without notifying the buyer of the vehicle, in writing, of the extent of any water damage from flooding which occurred to the vehicle prior to the transaction. As the buyer, you may file a lawsuit to set aside the transaction within one year from the date of the purchase and receive all monies or other property given for the vehicle less a reasonable assessment for miles driven.
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