New Orleans Mayoral Candidate Latoya Cantrell generated a lot of buzz this week when she made a campaign promise to suspend the city's controversial traffic cameras.Well, OK, LaToya doesn't like them. Or so she says. There was some confusion.
The ticket-writing, photo-snapping, eyes in the sky are certainly unpopular with most drivers.
While some see them as a necessary evil for safer streets. Cantrell isn't convinced.
"We really don't know if it's actually reducing or making us safer," Cantrell said.
LaToya Cantrell's campaign went from a pledge to suspend the use of all traffic cameras to a more narrow policy targeting only the several dozen set up in the last year and then back again -- all over the course of a day.Desiree also says she doesn't like them but, for some reason, doesn't approve of campaigning against them.
Charbonnet agrees the matter needs more study, but she's not prepared to suspend the program.Bagneris thinks they are "just a money grab." But, apparently, money grabs are good?
"If in fact they are having a positive effect on public safety or traffic safety, if I went in and just pulled them out then that could be a mistake," Charbonnet said. "We need to be careful. We can't just ploy for votes."
"I still believe the cameras are just a money grab," candidate Michael Bagneris said.Scurlock says he thinks they're "unconstitutional" but somehow is still OK with putting them in school zones. Maybe children are exempt from the sixth amendment? Who knows?
Bagneris maintains the money should be dedicated and not just go into the city's general fund.
"If we're going to grab that money, let the people use that money in a way that they think is necessary and that is fix our streets," Bagneris said.
Unfortunately, voters won't get a chance to find out the candidates' actual position on this matter until one of them is elected mayor and presents her first municipal budget. That is... unless one of them presents an idea for coming up with another $25 million between now and election day.