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City of New Orleans Reminds Residents of Reactivated School Zones

NEW ORLEANS — The City of New Orleans today announced that school zone cameras and school zone warning lights will be activated over the next few weeks for the new school year beginning on Monday, Aug. 2, 2021, at 7 a.m. School zone hours are from 7 a.m. until 9 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. until 4:45 p.m.

School zones are a safety focus for the City. Drivers can expect to see enforcement of 20 mph school zone speed limits. Motorists are advised to carefully observe posted speed limits and exercise caution in school zones, including no cell phone use, and stopping for children crossing the street.

The automated photo enforcement program is one component of the City’s efforts to reduce speeding and increase safety on our streets. Speed is fundamentally linked to safety, with higher speeds increasing the likelihood of crashes and increasing the severity of crashes. A person hit by a car traveling 35 mph is five times more likely to be killed than by a car traveling at 20 mph. The risk is even greater when a crash involves a child or a larger vehicle, such as an SUV. Higher speeds contribute to crashes in a number of ways:

  • Crashes at higher speeds create more force and are therefore more likely to be fatal
  • Drivers traveling at higher speeds have a narrower field of vision
  • Drivers traveling at higher speeds travel further before they can react
  • Vehicles traveling at higher speeds have longer braking distances

Questions should be directed to RoadworkNOLA at 504.658.ROAD (7623) or roadwork@nola.gov.

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