- Associated Press - Thursday, March 3, 2016

GRETNA, La. (AP) - Jefferson Parish drivers who were ticketed due to a defunct red light camera program have started getting refund checks.

About 182,000 refund checks have been sent out since last Friday to the drivers who were part of a class-action lawsuit that sued over the $110 tickets, local news outlets reported.

Steve Mauterer, one of the attorneys representing the drivers, said that the refunds were sent over the weekend and will be sent over the next couple of days. Anyone who received a red light ticket in Jefferson Parish between 2007 and 2010 was automatically included in the suit and will be sent checks, unless they opted out of the settlement.

Checks amounting to $38.93 were mailed to about 5,000 drivers who were part of a group that contested the fines before paying them. Checks for $23.18 were mailed to about 177,000 drivers who didn’t contest the fines. The drivers who contested the fines received more to cover the court costs they were charged.

In all, the ticketed drivers and their attorneys will receive a total of $7 million. Jefferson collected $21 million from the camera tickets.

District Judge Henry Sullivan approved a legal settlement that resolved the cases in November.

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