NEW ORLEANS -- Some residents think the traffic cameras encourage people to slow down while others think the cameras don't do anything, but line the city's pocket. Either way, state representative Paul Hollis thinks residents of Louisiana should have the final say about the traffic camera program. And residents certainly do have a lot to say on the matter.
"The city gets 35 percent of the money and the rest goes to a company. It's a racket, a total racket," one resident said.
"I honestly think a lot of them aren't as strategically placed as they could be,” Gabrielle Gado said.
"They send you a traffic ticket and you can't dispute it and they're just like hey you're guilty,” Antoinette Miller said. “I think it's entrapment."
A local lawmaker wants state residents to take these concerns to the polls.
"The state of Louisiana would have the opportunity to vote toward the end of the year,” Hollis said. “I think if this is put on the ballot to have to people vote, overwhelmingly they would reject the use of traffic cameras."
Mayor Landrieu says the traffic cameras crack down on speeding and running red lights, especially in school zones. Right now there are 42 fixed traffic cameras across the city with 45 additional cameras coming in the next few months.
"I don’t think it has anything to do with public safety, I think it's a small number of cities that have very limited budgets and they're using this as a money grab in order to make ends meet,” Hollis said.
Whichever side you fall on, Hollis thinks the voters should get to decide, and residents seem to be on board.
"I think that's a great idea because simple fact is where is the money going? What is it being used for? That's what I'd like to know,” Miller said.
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