PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — While there is no set launch date, speed cameras have begun to pop up around Pawtucket.
The school zone speed cameras are being installed by the Sensys Gatso USA and will be located in front of four schools in the city. Red light cameras are also being installed at five intersections.
Signs will be posted in front of the cameras, warning drivers of an upcoming speed camera. Once the cameras are fully operational, there will be a 30-day warning period for drivers.
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 red light cameras will only be operational during the school year.
The speed cameras had a controversial launch in Providence before the State House made changes to how municipalities can operate them.
Denise Bertrand, a Pawtucket crossing guard, said she can’t wait for the program to launch.
“It is like a mini race track,” Bertrand said. “People take advantage of the fact there are no stop signs.”
“It can be really scary,” she added. “I’ve had people go through my crosswalk while I’m crossing children.”
While the cameras are not yet online, Bertrand said she’s noticed the mere presence of them has slowed traffic already.
“This is just practice, kind of get them used to it,” she said. “It has helped though.”
Sensys Gatso USA will receive a fixed fee of $2,500 a month for each speed camera and $1,800 a month for the red light cameras. The company will also get a fee for each ticket issued.
In 2018, Providence issued more than 63,000 speed camera tickets and collected about $3.2 million in fines.