New Orleans traffic cams triggering school zone tickets for lower speeds, but change unannounced

New Orleans officials have lowered the speeds that trigger traffic camera tickets, ensnaring an unknown number of drivers who thought they were abiding by well-publicized rules for what to do to avoid getting busted.

The change, which apparently went into effect in February, was not announced by Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s administration.

Cantrell had made eliminating the city’s traffic cameras a key promise of her mayoral campaign in 2017, arguing they were “nickel-and-diming” residents. She scaled back that plan once in office, however, limiting it to the removal of most cameras outside of school zones as part of a plan that ended up generating fewer tickets and therefore less money than the city expected.