School zones are active in New Orleans as of this morning, and so are the automated enforcement mechanisms that go with them.
"The City of New Orleans today announced that school zone cameras and school zone warning lights will be activated for the new school year on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, at 7 a.m.," the city announced in a Thursday afternoon statement. "School zone hours are between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. and between 2:45 p.m. and 4:45 p.m."
It has been six months since drivers had to worry about observing school zones, when the 2019-2020 school year was shut down early during the coronavirus pandemic.
Fixed cameras and mobile units monitor drivers' speed through select school zones. The system captures images of the license plates of vehicles speeding through school zones, and issues citations in the mail. The fines can be steep.
School zone speed limits are 20 mph. In the past, the city has issued violations for cars traveling more than four miles per hour above the posted limit.