Every Friday, RI Relevant’s Joanne Giannini breaks down what’s in and what’s out concerning Rhode Island. Joanne Giannini is a former State Representative from Providence. A freelance journalist, consultant and writer, she has previously written commentary for The Providence journal, GolocalProv and WPRO radio.
What's Out: Big Brother is Watching
Candid cameras...smile you’re on candid camera...If you go through the City of Providence, you are already familiar with the red-light cameras at certain intersections. We also have seen the addition of police body cameras. Now there’s a new proposal for cameras for speed detection in 15 areas in Providence. One council person has also proposed cameras for schools to be used as a form of surveillance. The use of public cameras has become a way of surveillance in roads, highways and intersections. One could argue that it simply is really to generate more revenue to a city which is fiscally distressed. But cameras have begun to shed the light on traffic violators and can be a crime deterrent. Like it or not the cameras are growing in volume and are here to stay.