The lawfulness of the city of New Orleans’ traffic light cameras is being challenged, and some people want their money back. Fines from those tickets have generated millions of dollars for the city, but a lawsuit claims the entire process violates the city charter and the state constitution.
The city has issued 1,467,247 citations since the traffic safety camera program started in 2008. That has generated $106,568,26 in revenue which goes directly to the city’s general fund.
Currently, there are traffic safety cameras at 66 locations across New Orleans. Many are in school zones and high traffic intersections. The last traffic safety cameras was installed in spring 2012.
“You can just be parked at the intersection, and if you pass over the white line it’ll flash you no matter what,” said Angellica Bozant.