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A traffic camera in a school zone in front of Warren Easton Charter High School on Canal Street in New Orleans in December. Edmund D. Fountain for The Wall Street Journal

Speed Cameras: The Cities With the Worst Offenders

Cars can amass speeding tickets without much penalty in New Orleans; a few Western cities put more teeth into their enforcement

A traffic camera in a school zone in front of Warren Easton Charter High School on Canal Street in New Orleans in December. Edmund D. Fountain for The Wall Street Journal

NEW ORLEANS—As the Nissan cruised past single-story homes near Holy Cross School in the city’s Gentilly neighborhood, a speed camera clocked the car going 30 mph in a 20 mph zone.

The resulting citation in May was the car’s 296th speed-camera ticket in less than two years. In 2018 alone, it racked up 188 tickets totaling $19,080 in fines—and the owner didn’t pay a penny, the city says.

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