New Orleans’ traffic cameras have continued capturing images of vehicles running red lights in the city, despite the near-city-wide power outages caused by Hurricane Ida.
But the city said via Twitter that it would not issue citations and it will void all tickets generated during this time, though the city didn’t specify an end date.
We heard that some of the red light cameras were still flashing (they are solar-powered).
Please understand that any ticket generated since Hurricane Ida hit will be voided and no one should receive citations.
— The City Of New Orleans (@CityOfNOLA) September 2, 2021
The city says that the traffic cameras are operated by solar power, which is the reason why they have still been functioning despite the power loss.
Entergy officials confirmed Thursday what many New Orleanians already know: the company’s power outage map is useless.
New Orleans residents are frustrated after five days in the dark after Ida — and with no word yet on when power might be restored. Some have been responding with incredulity on Twitter:
So we can we get everything else solar powered? https://t.co/TMHzWihWTM
— Jane Toussaint (@fadeIIpink) September 2, 2021
No one “should” receive a citation… https://t.co/wIExCy5rn7
— Brad Robbert (@NolAguys) September 2, 2021
First part of the tweet ?
second part of the tweet ?? https://t.co/qQ9GarqhIW
— Maximum Vaximum Maenad (@maenadjess) September 2, 2021
Cool. Now just do this all the time bc it mostly hurts poor people. https://t.co/v1l9PnUdaw
— Lisa Marie (@lisagetshigh) September 2, 2021
Drivers are encouraged to treat any traffic signals without power like a four-way stop:
Here’s a reminder on the rules of a four-way stop. pic.twitter.com/FHz0yzFciu
— Louisiana DOTD (@La_DOTD) September 1, 2021
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