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Tania Dall / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS -- Thousands of speeding tickets are issued to drivers along Uptown's Jackson Avenue. Many of those unlucky motorists don't realize they're pushing the 25 mile per hour signs.

Now the New Orleans City Council is looking at a proposal to change the speed limit in the area.

'The first week it was installed the light was just blinking, blinking, blinking,' said Gilbert White. The Uptown resident lives near one of the city's many speed safety cameras.

Wednesday night, a driver was caught speeding while White pointed out the device to an Eyewitness News crew.

Drivers that venture along Jackson Avenue between Saint Charles Avenue and Tchoupitoulas Street know to slow down. If not, they face being slapped with a hefty speeding ticket.

'Those speed traps catch people all the time. My one co-worker has gotten four tickets thrown at him and he's only gone a few miles per hour over. Its not like he's tearing through here or anything,' said Uptown driver Dylan Mierzwinski.

Our coverage partner the Uptown Messenger reports that a traffic camera on Jackson Avenue generated about 25,000 tickets last year alone. That number was the second highest among the city's 30 cameras.

But critics say the 25 mile per hour signs are deceiving.

'It is so easy to inch your way up and end up with a ticket, when your intention was not to speed,' said Uptown resident Susan Cooper.

Now the New Orleans City Council is tackling the speed issue and looking at a proposed amendment introduced by interim Councilwoman Diana Bajoie. If passed, it will raise the speed limit by 10 miles-per-hour to 35 along a one-mile stretch of Jackson Avenue.

Some homeowners living along Jackson tell Eyewitness News they're concerned that upping the speed limit could increase vibrations, damaging their historic homes.

Cooper who lives on the Avenue supports changing the speed limit but only supports a 5 mile-per-hour speed limit bump.

'I guess I'd feel better about 30 [miles per hour] but that might not be an option,' said Cooper.

As for White, the Uptown resident supports a speed limit change but wants the speed cameras to stay.

'I think now that the word is out, people are taking their time and driving more safely,' said White of the cameras encouraging responsible driving.

Bajoie's proposed amendment was on Thursday's City Council Agenda. A representative from her office says the issue has been deferred to Dec. 6.

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