Kids are back in school, and that means speed cams are active in school zones

New Orleans issues reminder to drivers
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Six months after closing classrooms at the height of the pandemic, Pre-K through 4th grade students are returning to class in New Orleans. And that means school zones, and the automated speeding enforcement cameras that monitor them, are being reactivated.

"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.," they 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."

Fixed cameras and mobile units can be used to monitor drivers' speed through 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 four miles per hour or more above the posted limit.