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The Count: traffic cameras expected to be added to New Orleans streetscapes in 2017 


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As part of his 2017 city budget, Mayor Mitch Landrieu plans to nearly double the number of traffic cameras in New Orleans. There currently are 66 cameras in use at 42 locations, including 37 at school zones, 23 for red light and speeding violations and six for catching speeding cars. The new cameras include 45 fixed traffic cameras and 10 mobile cameras to be used by the New Orleans Police Department.   In an Oct. 17 statement, Landrieu Press Secretary Hayne Rainey said, "This program has helped reduce speeding citations by as much as 90 percent when cameras are present and cut red-light running citations in half."   In the same week, the New Orleans Office of Inspector General revealed in a report that the Department of Public Works interfered with pedestrian safety through a long-standing informal policy that discouraged installing signalized intersections, relying instead on "gut calls" to determine where and what type of signals were needed at intersections.   In a statement, Rainey said the city is working to install nearly 500 pedestrian signals in the CBD, and citywide infrastructure upgrades will include curb repairs, street resurfacing, sidewalks, ADA-compliant ramps and other updates — all in line with the Complete Streets ordinance. "Without additional funding specifically for pedestrian crossing signals, however, it will be difficult to expand this program further," he said.


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