Bill amending speed camera legislation passes General Assembly

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A bill amending speed camera legislation has passed the General Assembly.

In a Saturday session, lawmakers voted to approve the legislation which will tighten the language in existing legislation regulating automated speed enforcement systems.

The amendment, sponsored by Sen. Ana Quezada and Rep. Robert Craven, would mandate more signage for automated school zone speed enforcement system locations.

Cameras would only be able to operate Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., and they will not operate between the period of July 1 and August 15.

It also would change the initial violation ticket cost from $95 to $50 for each offense.  

Under the amended legislation violations would be expunged from court records every three years from the date of the motorist’s first offense.  Violations cannot be reflected on a person’s driving record.

Several state lawmakers began calling for the amended legislation back in March after implementation of speed cameras in Providence generated more than 17,000 violations.

The immense number of tickets also led to a class action suit against the city of Providence.  

“When it was rolled out by Providence it was somewhat abusive, I’m not sure it was intensional, but it was in fact abusive and resulted in tons of tickets that really kind of upset people a great deal,” Rep. Robert Craven said following Saturday’s amendment passage.

The legislation now heads to Governor Gina Raimondo for consideration.

“I expect to her sign it.  I think we solved the problem,” Craven said.

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