More lenient traffic penalties close to reality

More lenient traffic penalties close to reality
New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell says the city is closer to easing some traffic restrictions. (FOX 8)

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Mayor Latoya Cantrell signed an ordinance Thursday which will decrease the chances of a driver going to jail if they are pulled over for minor traffic offenses.

The intended function is to grant police officers discretion when determining whether to arrest motorists who are driving with a suspended, revoked or canceled driver's license.

"Following the incident with former Council member Oliver Thomas, (NOPD) Chief Harrison and I agreed that our officers could benefit from a greater degree of discretion that would ultimately free up needed manpower, said Cantrell.

The ordinance will need state approval before drivers will notice a difference, but Cantrell calls it a step in the right direction.

"We are always looking for ways to be more efficient and effective when it comes to delivering public services, especially if there's a better way of doing it," Supt. Michael Harrison said.