Automated Speed Cameras Face State-Wide Ban

The Pelican Post
May. 01, 2011

BATON ROUGE, La – As Louisiana municipalities struggle to mend their financial straits, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu may soon be without one of his most productive, yet controversial revenue generators: automated speed cameras.

Since 2008, Orleans parish officials have depended on an ever-expanding grid of red light and speed cameras to provide revenue for their budget. Currently, the New Orleans program of “Automated Traffic Enforcement Systems” (ATES) is comprised of at least fifty-six high tech optical devices that cast an ever-watchful eye over the city’s streets.

These devices face termination in the current legislative session with Senate Bill 75 and House Bill 347. The former, sponsored by Sen. Daniel Martiny (R – Metairie), would prohibit local municipal authorities from authorizing, installing, using, or enforcing electronic vehicle speed enforcement systems to regulate traffic laws. Here, the key word is speed, meaning that red light camera systems would be unaffected.

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