New Orleans has expanded its red-light and speed camera enforcement program with American Traffic Solutions Inc. to include speed cameras in school zones, the company said.
“After seeing an 84 percent drop in speeding violations at our original safety camera sites, we began to receive requests from residents to place these cameras in their neighborhoods in order to slow down speeding traffic,” said Robert Mendoza, New Orleans director of Public Works. “In addition to reducing speeding in neighborhoods, we are implementing the first safety camera in a school zone area.
He said if testing at the new site goes well, the city hopes to provide cameras for many more school zones by the end of the year.
Prior to the program’s launch in April of 2008, the city estimated that there were 986 red-light violations per day at the 17 intersections that now have the safety cameras. In December 2008, the city issued only 145 tickets per day for running red lights, an 85 percent decrease.
Similarly, prior to the June 2008 activation of the cameras’ speed monitoring system, the city estimated that there were 978 speeding violations per day at the 17 intersections. In December 2008, the city issued only 154 tickets per day for speeding, an 84 percent drop.
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