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. Contact her at Pt3270@yahoo.com
What's In? Speed Cameras In Providence
Providence is adding an additional six new school-zone speed cameras in addition to the five speed cameras already in place in various neighborhoods. Nearly all the 12,193 tickets were generated from five speeding cameras between January 16th and February 22nd. Most came from the Mt. Pleasant avenue camera, which issued 4,795 tickets. Other locations are on Charles street, Thurber’s Avenue, Daniel avenue and Peace street. The Providence city council voted last May to install 15 speeding cameras at various neighborhood school locations within a quarter mile of the schools. The fine per ticket is $95.00 and you receive the notice in the mail with a picture. The RI General Assembly passed a law in 2016 allowing the city to set up the cameras in a school zone. City officials call it a public safety measure. Vocal opponents call it a new tax. These school zone cameras are in addition to the traffic light cameras that are already all over the city of Providence. So when you drive through Providence, remember to drive slowly and smile, you’re on candid camera.