LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Officials with the Calcasieu District Attorney’s Office says its LACE (Local Agency Compensated Enforcement) program will be “temporarily halted” in all but two areas - Interstates I-10 and 210 (and intersections adjacent to them) and on La. 27 between DeQuincy and Sulphur.
“We are doing this to concentrate law enforcement efforts on traffic control in areas of extreme high traffic counts as we promote public safety and security on our highways," District Attorney John DeRosier said in a statement. "The increasing traffic on our interstates is a major concern at the current time and the public’s safety is our most important consideration. We urge all drivers in Calcasieu Parish to practice courteous and safe driving and to obey all traffic laws.”
The LACE program allows officers to write tickets when they aren't on the clock, and get paid.
Three agencies in the Parish participate in the program: Lake Charles Police Department, Sulphur Police Department, and State Police.
Sulphur Police Chief Lewis Coats says LACE has reduced the number of crashes in Sulphur, especially on L-A 27.
He says the direction the program is moving in for the foreseeable future will most likely continue to positively affect their patrol area.
"I think it’s going to enhance and keep the motorists, local and out of town, safer and I think it will ultimately lower crashes "
DA John DeRosier says the new refocused LACE patrols will begin Thursday.