New Orleans told it owes $35M from invalid traffic tickets — but don’t expect it to pay anytime soon

The city of New Orleans blew through a big red light when it launched its controversial traffic-camera ticketing program in 2008. This week, the unpaid ticket officially went to collections.

The city is now on the hook for $25.6 million worth of ticket payments from hundreds of thousands of drivers over the early years of the program, after the Louisiana Supreme Court this week denied a last-ditch writ application from the city in the long-running class-action lawsuit.