Monroe Police have been working with American Traffic Solutions to bring the newest technology here to Monroe. They're running a trial program next week that would determine if our busiest intersections would need 24 hour 7 day a week camera monitoring.
Cops say they're giving the cameras a test drive with one goal: to provide safer streets for residents. These cameras have already worked wonders in the Bayou State. Take Baton Rouge for instance: the first month one of their cameras was in operation they issued 200 tickets. Now, they average 5 tickets a month. Monroe Police are hoping to see a similar result in our area.
If next week's results show our intersections need constant monitoring, the next step would be for the city to draft an ordinance, which would need approval from the Mayor and city council. But, not all council members think this is a good idea. Council member Ben Katz told NBC 10 News that this appears to be a revenue generator without promoting much public safety and many locals are sharing this same opinion. So, tell us what you think by placing a vote in our poll online.