Everyone loves to complain about the proliferation of traffic cameras in New Orleans, and it seems as if the candidates for mayor are listening.
At a recent mayoral forum I moderated, I asked the six top hopefuls whether they'd expand the use of these cameras, retain the same number, reduce the number or eliminate them entirely, as neighboring Jefferson Parish has done. All six suggested that less is more.
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Troy Henry, Tommie Vassel and Frank Scurlock all said they'd only keep the cameras positioned to catch speeders in school zones. Former Civil District Court Judge Michael Bagneris said the same thing, and added that any money the city takes in should be invested in road work.
Former Municipal Court Judge Desiree Charbonnet, who admitted to having gotten a few of those tickets herself, also said she'd prefer to keep them in school zones only, as long as the city is able to replace the revenue it would lose by scaling back. And City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell, who has in the past talked of suspending the cameras or removing the newest ones, said this week that she's ready to get rid of them.
Charbonnet's right that lost revenue would be an issue for a new mayor, so it's not clear how quickly any of these candidates would make the change.
Still, the candidates all clearly understood what the crowd-pleasing answer would be. And this particular crowd seemed suitably pleased.