4 of the 5 were improperly equipped with emergency lights
The Inspector General for the city of New Orleans has issued a report critical of the the use of take home cars assigned to traffic court judges.
Ed Quatrevaux says the five cars, driven by four judges and the clerk of court, have "substantial" personal mileage.
4 of the cars were equipped with blue emergency lights, an apparent violation of state and local laws.
The car assigned to Administative Judge Robert Jones had a license plate cover that partially obscurred the license plate.
The Inspector General also says two the the traffic court judges failed to report accidents or damages to the City Attorney as required.
Quatrevaux says the city paid $152,000 to purchase the cars and pays thousands more to repair collision damage and termed it a "perk" that is "unnecessary and unaffordable."