Amid Controversy, La. State Police Tweaks Traffic Program

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana State Police is restarting a highway traffic enforcement program coordinated with local parishes that had been suspended for months amid concerns troopers were billing for hours they didn't work.

When the program restarts Monday, it will have new restrictions that state police leader Col. Kevin Reeves says are aimed at toughening oversight.

The ticket-writing program was suspended in November after undercover surveillance footage from WVUE-TV in New Orleans appeared to show several troopers claiming hours they weren't on the job.

At the time, Reeves ordered a review of the program and started a criminal investigation.

Under the new program guidelines, Reeves says overtime will be capped, reporting requirements for the traffic program have been rewritten and the extra shifts will have to be scheduled a week in advance.

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