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Old 07-30-2010, 02:16 AM
 
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We were in New Orleans last spring and had an ok time. A month later we received a letter from the city with a "speeding" ticket for $110 for driving at 30 mph in a 25 mph zone. The ticket was accompanied by a picture clearly showing our locally rented car in a deserted street. The ticket arrived by regular mail and was delivered to the wrong address. When we finally got it we paid the ticket. Three weeks later there was a new ticket for $185 ($110 + $75 "late fee"). I know NewOrelan needs money but they should find other ways to raise it rather than using extoertion on tourists in this manner. I for one, will NEVER go back to to NewOrelans. Way to go NewOrleans, the city really sucks.
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Old 07-30-2010, 03:36 AM
 
Location: City of Central
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I understand how you feel , but prepare to get flamed .
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Old 07-30-2010, 04:08 AM
 
Location: New Orleans
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5 miles an hour over the speed limit is certainly not within the spirit of the law, unless there was a special zone, school etc.

110 bucks for said 5 miles is really excessive unless they have a minimum fine per violation.

Looks like you ran into a government computerized bureaucracy on the late charge. Greatest excuse in the world, wasn't me it was the computer.

I would write a letter to the mayor and the chief of police and state your facts, about the wrong address, and give them a chance to rectify the situation. Meaning the late fee.

Cameras are in many cities and catching violators is what they are there for, they catch everyone not just tourists. Were you to stop visiting places who use them you may well be relegated to third world countries.
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Old 07-30-2010, 07:18 AM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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You weren't singled out as a tourist, believe me. The city does this to EVERYONE. The cameras and the way they do their ticketing is a hot button with the citizens of the city right now. Boycotting a city because of a poorly handled speeding ticket is just plain eye rolling, sorry. I do agree with the source of your anger, though.
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Old 07-30-2010, 07:44 AM
 
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I know people this has happened to in Atlanta.

The city does not suck however, you just triggered the speed trap cameras...they have them all over the nation and they universally suck
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Old 07-30-2010, 09:06 AM
 
Location: New Orleans, United States
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The city claims the cameras "only take pictures if you're 6+ mph over the limit, unless it's a school zone." I've gone through a few at 40 (35 mile zone) and no flash, but I may have been lucky.

Regardless, if you one passed one of these cameras you also passed two signs that read "PHOTO ENFORCED; SPEED 25".
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Old 07-30-2010, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Da Parish
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Snats check the date for when the first ticket was sent. Use the USPS date on the envelope and not the one on the letter because I find that some places will fudge their date a bit. Use that and the wrong address on the envelope to appeal the late fee on your ticket. While there is not a whole lot you can do over the speeding ticket, I'm hoping that your appeal over the late charge will be successful.
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Old 07-30-2010, 10:06 AM
 
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When I go home to eastern Iowa these cameras are all over the place now. I've gotten 3 tickets. One was for not coming to a complete stop when turning right at a red light...I was the only car in sight.
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Old 07-30-2010, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Kentucky
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You weren't singled out as a tourist, believe me. The city does this to EVERYONE. The cameras and the way they do their ticketing is a hot button with the citizens of the city right now. Boycotting a city because of a poorly handled speeding ticket is just plain eye rolling, sorry. I do agree with the source of your anger, though.
Yep.
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Old 07-30-2010, 10:40 AM
 
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I suggest you avoid Orlando also since these cameras are everywhere here and are slowly popping up in Miami and other major cities in Florida. Big brother has arrived!
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