Several June speed camera trials postponed

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Providence Municipal Court has postponed several more speed camera-related trials throughout the month of June.

According to Billy Kepner, a spokesperson for the court, said trials on June 14, June 21 and June 28 are being postponed. He said motorists who planned to challenge their $95 fines on the listed dates will be sent a new trial date.

Kepner said arraignments and initial appearances in court for speed camera incidents will continue as scheduled.

The city issued nearly 21,000 speeding tickets between Jan. 16 and April 6, according to figures provided by Kepner. The cameras located in 11 locations around the city are still generating tickets, but plans to add four more are currently on hold.

Rhode Island lawmakers first approved speed cameras in 2016 when they passed the Automated School-Zone-Speed-Enforcement System Act, permitting municipalities to install them within a quarter-mile of any type of school. The Providence City Council voted last May to enter into a contract with Conduent State and Local Solutions Inc. that allowed for up to 15 speed cameras to be installed around the city.

Tickets can be issued for 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, according to the contract with Conduent, the private vendor that oversees both speed cameras and red light cameras in the city. The cameras are also portable, and the city’s contract with Conduent allows for two to be moved to new locations each week.

Dan McGowan contributed to this report.

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