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New Orleans expands traffic camera program into school zones

American Traffic Solutions : 15 April, 2009  (Application Story)
Successful reduction in traffic violations in the city of New Orleans results in the police expanding its program of speed cameras and traffic light enforcement cameras into school zones
Following the initial success of its red-light and speed camera enforcement program with American Traffic Solutions (ATS), the City of New Orleans has expanded its program to include speed cameras in school zones.

'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, Director of Public Works. 'In addition to reducing speeding in neighborhoods, we are implementing the first safety camera in a school zone area.

'Many schools have started to request these safety cameras in their areas. If testing at this site goes well, we hope to provide safety cameras for many more school zones by the end of the year,' Mendoza continued.

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.

"Our goal is to make New Orleans' roadways safer as drivers modify their driving habits and realize they can no longer run red lights and speed through intersections. We're very pleased with our vendor, American Traffic Solutions, and the results from our safety program," Mendoza concluded.
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