New Orleans Catches Up To Speed
Red-light cameras get speeders too
UPDATE (November 3, 2010) -- The New Orleans City Council today voted to change the city
charter and transfer administration of the city's traffic camera program to the New Orleans Police
Department. The move is the latest by the city to keep the program running. Councilman Jon
Johnson, expressed concerns that the revised law will be again tested in court, saying that an out of
state company is processing the cameras. He said the ticket processing should be done in New
Orleans and at the very least violators should have the option of paying the fines locally. The change
today obviously means the city will turn the cameras back on and continue to issue tickets.
UPDATE (October 27, 2010) -- The state Supreme Court has ruled against an appeal filed by the City
of New Orleans of a Civil District Court ruling that says the New Orleans traffic camera program
violates the city charter, because the charter specifies that the program - run by the city's public
works department - should be administered by the police department. This means that all tickets
issued through yesterday are valid, but, as of today and at least for now any tickets issued are invalid.
UPDATE (October 14, 2010) -- The Louisiana State Supreme Court on October 12 granted an
extension of the emergency stay requested by the city to keep New Orleans' traffic camera program
in operation. It's not clear how long the extension will remain in effect, but it's intended to give the
city time to file appeals and the court time to consider all the filings. An appeals court had previously
allowed the stay to remain in effect until today. This means that yes, all traffic camera tickets issued
in the city are still valid. The litigation is important to the city because next year's city budget relies on
about $15 million in traffic camera ticket fees.
UPDATE (October 8,2010) -- Louisiana's 4th Circuit Court Of Appeals on October 7 upheld the
October 1 Civil District Court ruling that New Orleans' red light traffic camera program violates the
city charter by being administered by the department of public works and not the police department.
The appeals court ruling is allowing the emergency stay to remain in effect for seven days, until
Thursday October 14, so red light camera traffic tickets are still being issued and are still valid at least
until that day.
UPDATE (October 5, 2010) -- The traffic camera debate continues in New Orleans, and tickets are
still being issued, as the city wasted no time in filing an appeal of a Friday, October 1st preliminary
Civil District Court decision that it's famed red light camera program is invalid.
The 4th Circuit Court Of Appeals then issued an emergency stay until 10AM on Monday October 4,
and that day extended the order indefinitely, which means that any tickets issued due to red light
cameras are still considered valid, according to City Attorney Nannette Jolivette-Brown. She also said
the city would request a permanent stay order of the issue.
We were concerned that the injunction put public safety at risk as these cameras provided a
necessary deterrent to unlawful traffic practices", Ms Jolivette-Brown said in a statement issued by
the city. “Without the nearly $15 million in expected revenue from this source for next year and the
remaining $5 million in anticipated fines for 2010, this decision, if upheld, will impact essential city
services and could result in layoffs and the closing of city facilities", she said.
The appeals court gave both sides until Wednesday October 6th to file their arguments.
UPDATE (October 1, 2010) -- All red light camera tickets issued in the city of New Orleans as
of an October 1, 2010 Civil District Court ruling are invalid. A judge ruled that the tickets The
judge ruled in response to a lawsuit brought by several residents. The Jefferson Parish program was
suspended earlier this year due to ethics issues.
NEW ORLEANS (EDITED July 27, 2010) -- Those same cameras that catch red-light violators will
also catch speeders in New Orleans, and the city recently added even more cameras.
The automated system uses a combination of digital still and video cameras and detection equipment
at the roadways. The cameras capture only still images for speed violations, while both still images
and video are captured for red light violations. Technology for the program is provided through
American Traffic Solutions (ATS), a Scottsdale, Arizona, firm which was awarded the contract in
Every day, an officer reviews all alleged violations, images and video to determine if a violation
occurred. If the officer determines a violation has occurred, citations are issued to the registered
owner of the vehicle.
The citation includes photographs and details of the violation as well as an e-mail link to review the
pictures and video online. In the event the owner wants to contest a citation, he or she may contest
by mail or go to an administrative hearing center for a live hearing on or before their payment due date.
When the owner receives the violation, it includes a payment voucher which can be paid by mail, by
phone, or at www.violationinfo.com.
Violation Fines (including $35 cost of enforcement fee)
Traffic Control Signal Violation - $100
Speeding (1 - 9 mph over) - $75
Speeding (10 - 14 mph over) - $110
Speeding (15 - 20 mph over) - $160
Speeding (Greater than 20 mph over) - $235
Late fee for unpaid violations - $75 (vehicles with unpaid violations past the second notice are boot-
eligible and subject to immobilization fees)
Here is a list of intersections where cameras are currently installed
Southbound North Carrollton Avenue at Canal Street
Eastbound Canal Street at North Carrollton Avenue
Northbound South Carrollton Avenue at Palmetto Street
Southbound South Carrollton Avenue at Palmetto Street
Northbound South Carrollton Avenue at Earhart Boulevard
Southbound South Carrollton Avenue at Earhart Boulevard
Eastbound Earhart Boulevard at South Carrollton Avenue
Westbound Earhart Boulevard at South Carrollton Avenue
Eastbound Poydras Street at Loyola Avenue
Eastbound Poydras Street at St. Charles Avenue
Westbound Poydras Street at Magazine Street
Westbound Poydras Street at Carondelet Street
Eastbound St. Charles Avenue at Washington Avenue
Southbound St. Charles Avenue at Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard
Northbound St. Charles Avenue at Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard
Westbound (toward Uptown) St. Charles Avenue at Louisiana Street
Eastbound (toward Downtown) St. Charles Avenue at Louisiana Street
Northbound Canal Boulevard at French Street
Southbound Canal Boulevard at French Street
Eastbound St. Charles Avenue at Jena Street
Westbound St. Charles Avenue at Jena Street
Northbound Read Boulevard at Hammond Street
Southbound Read Boulevard at Hammond Street
Northbound Jackson Avenue at Chestnut Street
Southbound Jackson Avenue at Coliseum Street
Northbound Franklin Avenue at Wisteria Street
Southbound Franklin Avenue at Wisteria Street
Eastbound Bienville Street at N. St. Patrick Street
Westbound Bienville Street at N. Olympia Street
Westbound Canal Street at N. Olympia Street
Eastbound Canal Street at St. Patrick Street
Westbound City Park Avenue at Canal Boulevard
Southbound North Rampart Street at Esplanade Avenue
Westbound Harrison at Marconi Drive.
Also, the city recently installed new cameras on Chartres Street in both directions at Gallier Street, on
Henry Clay Avenue in both directions at Coliseum Street, and on Wisner Boulevard in both directions
at Harrison Avenue
In Jefferson parish, where the fine is $110, cameras are installed at the following intersections
(NOTE: As of this editing in July, 2010, Jefferson Parish cameras are not in operation due to
pending legal issues)
North Causeway Blvd. and 17th Street
North Clearview Pkwy. and West Metairie Ave.
Veterans Blvd. and Bissonet Drive (Kenner)
Veterans Blvd. and Carrollton Ave.
Veterans Blvd. and Clearview Pkwy.
Veterans Blvd. and North Causeway Blvd.
Veterans Blvd. and Transcontinental Drive
Terry Pkwy. and Stumpf Blvd.
Lapalco Blvd. and Wall Blvd.
Lapalco Blvd. and Wall Blvd.
Also, red-light cameras are in Harvey at Manhattan Blvd. and Gretna Blvd
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