With the deadline for seeking amnesty from overdue Crescent City Connection tolls now past, a West Bank state lawmaker is proposing a way that he says deals fairly with motorists who still have fines pending and those who've already paid their fines.
Sen. David Heitmeier, D-Algiers, is asking the state attorney general to stop collection efforts against motorists with 20 or fewer violations but to pursue the nearly 5,000 accounts that have as many as 600 violations.
"What I am asking the attorney general is that when DOTD turns over these uncollected debts to the state to the attorney general's office that common sense prevail," Heitmeier said.
Under Heitmeier's proposal, motorists who paid their citations under the amnesty program and had 20 or fewer violations would get refunds.
Heitmeier says it's the only fair way to handle this situation.
"The whole process has been nuisance at best, and I believe that we should try to treat everyone fairly," Heitmeier said.