Pawtucket leaders detail plan to add speed, red light cameras


PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — The Pawtucket City Council held a special session Wednesday night to discuss a plan to install speed and traffic light cameras.

Pawtucket Police Chief Tina Goncalves said it can be difficult to get officers out on the roads at different times, depending on what is happening in the city.

“It actually is quite a large issue that we have,” she said.

The locations of the first five cameras were revealed Wednesday, which include the intersections of School and Division Streets, Cottage Street and Newport Avenue, Armistice Boulevard and Newport Avenue, Smithfield Avenue and Mineral Spring Avenue, and Main Street at Thurston Street and Lonsdale Avenue.

According to Pawtucket’s contract with the camera company, Sensys Gatso, the city will pay $2,500 per month per camera, plus $7.30 for each violation that’s issued.

Per state law, there will be a 30-day warning period and then fines will be capped at $50. 

The fifth-generation digital cameras can track up to 36 vehicles at a time. They’ll be at least 10 feet tall, in order to have a full view of the road or intersection where they are located.

The City Council says the taller cameras should also prevent vandalism attempts.

The Pawtucket Police Department will review every ticket before it’s sent out, and police will have the option to approve or reject it.

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