Cantrell defends school zone speed enforcement change on social media

Reaction is strong and mixed on Facebook and Twitter

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
April 23, 2019 - 9:44 am

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New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell is taking to Twitter and Facebook with a campaign to support her position that she was right to change the enforcement rules for speeding in school zones without any public notice.

After telling the New Orleans City Council that she would not apologize for cameras issuing speeding tickets at four miles an hour over the limit instead of the previous six over, Cantrell posted a video to social media likening her non-disclosure of the change to keeping secret the locations of DWI checkpoints.

"The speed limit is 20 mph in school zones and hasn't changed," it says in the video. "1 in 5 drivers are speeding in School Zones."

Reaction has been mixed on the mayor's posts:

  • Justin Avery replied to the mayor, "Just admit you wanted the money from raising it secretly. If you did that I could respect you at the very least." 
  • "The problem is that the aministration changed the practice without informing the public and that is not transparent government. Just void the tickets issued in the first month and we can all drive 23 or below going forward," Kevin Cox posted.
  • Margie Russell said, "Thank you for protecting our children more. I wish there were more in school zones for the speeders who dont care/or don't live in that zone. Keep up the great job you are doing so far!!"
  • "Just obey the law & help keep our children safe. It’s not really about us paying a fine. It’s about respecting & protecting the rights of our kids. As a person living near a school zone I appreciate our Mayor & Thank her..." Yvonne R Sanchez posted.

Click here to read more and listen to the mayor and Councilman Jared Brossett debate the issue at the city council meeting...
 

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