Mayor Mitch Landrieu has proposed adding more speed cameras and red light cameras like the ones see here in a school zone by Christian Brothers School, St. Anthony of Padua campus, in the mayor's 2017 budget proposal before the city council at City Hall in New Orleans, La. Monday, Oct. 17, 2016.

Driving down Canal Street in the morning to the CBD is like an odyssey in masochism, or the hell sequence in Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride at Disneyland.

It requires passing through three school zones and photo cameras to catch speeders and red-light runners. Near St. Anthony of Padua, there’s a sign on the neutral ground that designates the school zone has ended; 20 feet later, there's another sign on the right sidewalk curb that also designates its end. Is this incompetence or another underhanded trick for city revenue, similar to Mayor LaToya Cantrell not informing anyone she was going to ticket people driving over 24 mph instead of the established 26 mph in school zones?

With all the revenue I’m certain this Big Brother stretch that is Canal Street generates, it would be nice to have some of the funds spent on at least painting the lane dividers where, in some areas, they’ve disappeared for blocks. One can only estimate and eyeball one’s place on the road with fingers crossed.

Along this delightful morning route is WECHS 9th Grade Academy, opened under the aegis of Warren Easton School. During rush-hour traffic, parents block the right lane to drop off their children for school, taking several minutes while discussions ensue within the car.

The hazard of changing lanes in heavy ongoing traffic this presents is highly problematic. I’ve seen a parent jump out of her car and go into battle mode body language because she was tooted at for blocking traffic.

This exemplary behavior no doubt offers lessons to a child in civility and consideration for other people who have places to go that are also important.


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