House panel backs big changes to speed camera law


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Rhode Island’s House Judiciary Committee unanimously passed a bill Tuesday evening that will regulate Providence’s speed cameras at the state level.

The bill, which when first introduced initially called for a warning on a first offense, now would require first- and second-time violators to receive a $50 fine. Third and subsequent offenders will receive $95 fines for each ticket. The fines will be expunged from driving records after three years.

The bill will also require the installation of more signs that warn drivers of the cameras. The cameras will also only be in operation during the 180-school year calendar and will only be active from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. during those days.

On Monday the city announced a settlement in a class-action lawsuit that gave some drivers partial refunds.

The city launched its speed camera program in January, issuing violation notices to any vehicle caught traveling at least 11 miles per hour over the posted speed limit between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The cameras are currently operating in 10 locations throughout the city.

Correction: This story has been edited from its original version to include updated information about the penalty for a first-time offense.

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