Grace period for Providence’s speed cameras ends Tuesday


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Starting on Tuesday, any drivers caught speeding near one of Providence’s schools will be issued a $50 fine.

The city reactivated its speed cameras at the start of the school year but the controversial program has since been in a 30-day warning period.

In an effort to crack down on speeding, the city has installed 15 cameras, each located within a quarter-mile of a school. They’ll be active between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. on school days, and motorists caught traveling more than 11 miles per hour over the posted speed limit will be ticketed $50 per violation.

The city added five new cameras this school year and relocated some of the existing ones.

Here’s where they are located:

  • Laurel Hill Avenue near the Achievement First Mayoral Academy
  • 1547 Chalkstone Ave. near Pleasant View Elementary
  • 150 DePasquale Ave. near Carl Lauro Elementary
  • 55 Gordon Ave near Bailey Elementary
  • 114 Olney Street near Hope High School
  • 180 Sterling Ave. near Webster Elementary
  • Branch Avenue near E-Cubed Academy
  • 320 Public Street near The MET School
  • Mount Pleasant Avenue at Mount Pleasant High School
  • Thurbers Avenue near Roger Williams Middle School
  • Charles Street near Esek Hopkins Middle School
  • 307 Elmgrove Ave. near Nathan Bishop Middle School
  • 301 Butler Ave. near The Lincoln School
  • 773 Chalkstone Ave. near Nathaniel Greene Middle School
  • 812 Douglas Ave. near Veazie Street School

The cameras were turned off in early July after the General Assembly approved legislation requiring that tickets only be issued on days when school is in session. Lawmakers also lowered the fine from $95 to $50.

The city issued 36,883 speeding violations between Jan. 16 and June 12, but officials later agreed to partially refund thousands of drivers to settle a federal class-action lawsuit challenging multiple facets of the program.

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