The speed limit on Jackson from St. Charles to Tchoupitoulas is 25 mph, despite the fact that the road is divided and that most New Orleans drivers expect 35-mph speed limits on divided roadways. A traffic camera on Jackson generated approximately 25,000 tickets in 2011 — the second-highest tally among the 30 cameras in place at the time, and fully 10 percent of the total citywide.
On the agenda for Thursday’s City Council meeting, interim District B Councilwoman Diana Bajoie is proposing raising the speed limit to 35 mph. The cameras will still be there, as will the school zones, but at least the street will become consistent with others, Bajoie said.
The speed limit on Jackson is already 35 on the Central City side of St. Charles Avenue, Bajoie noted — even though the street there is narrower.
“You don’t want to create speed traps. My understanding is that the cameras were put there for safety reasons, not to generate money,” Bajoie said. “We need to make sure it’s used in that way.”
Bajoie said she’s received very little opposition to the proposed change, perhaps just one letter. The City Council meets at 10 a.m. Thursday.