Pawtucket speed cameras launched on first day of school

Blackstone Valley

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — As students and teachers returned to school in Pawtucket Wednesday, the city’s new speed cameras officially went live.

Beginning Wednesday morning, the cameras posted in the city’s school zones and intersections turned on – beginning a 30-day warning period.

Once that grace period is over, those caught speeding in a school zone will be hit with a $50 ticket, while those who speed through a red light will receive a $95 ticket.

The speed cameras will only be operational on school days from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Red light intersection camera locations:

  • Cottage Street and Newport Avenue (Route 1A)
  • Prospect and Division Streets
  • Main Street and Lonsdale Avenue (Route 122)

School zone speed camera locations:

  • Potter Burns Elementary School and Goff Middle School
  • Nathanael Greene Elementary School
  • Curtis Elementary School
  • Varieur Elementary School
  • Samuel Slater Middle School and Cunningham Elementary School
  • Shea High School
  • Jenks Middle School
  • Agnes Little Elementary School
  • Curvin McCabe Elementary School

Acting Public Safety Director and Police Chief Tina Goncalves said she hopes the implementation of the cameras will minimize speeding in school zones.

“Using this technology will simply be a new tool for the Police Department to improve the safety of the residents,” Goncalves said. “The traffic cameras will allow us to stretch our resources as many communities have done throughout the country.”

The speed cameras had a controversial launch in Providence before the State House made changes to how municipalities can operate them.

In 2018, Providence issued more than 63,000 speed camera tickets and collected about $3.2 million in fines.

Goncalves said per statute requirement, the Pawtucket Police Department will review each violation.

“We’ve had some conversations with Providence, especially regarding the court system,” Goncalves said.

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