Providence to reactivate speed cameras Tuesday

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Anyone driving near one of Providence’s public schools will need to keep a close eye on how fast they’re going starting on Tuesday.

The city’s controversial speed cameras will be reactivated, meaning they’ll be operational on all school days between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. 

Drivers caught traveling at least 11 miles per hour over the posted speed limit will receive warning notices until Oct. 22, after which they’ll be fined $50 for each violation.

The city also added five new cameras and has 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.

Under the terms of the settlement, individuals who had already paid a $95 fine were eligible to receive a $20 refund from the city, while those who didn’t pay their fines were eligible to pay $75. All members of the class had the option of requesting a new hearing before a Municipal Court judge, giving them the opportunity to wipe out their fines altogether or receive a full refund.

Refunds won’t be sent until after Judge McConnell holds a fairness hearing on the settlement in September, according to the city.

Dan McGowan contributed to this report.

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