30 Day Warning Period For New Camera Locations ONLY, violations issued beginning October 21, 2019
Providence, RI- The City of Providence announces the locations of the 15 Portable Camera Units (PCU’s) that will be operational in school zones throughout the City beginning September 3, 2019. The PCU’s, or speed cameras, are used to enforce speed limit violations and increase public safety measures for both pedestrians and drivers.
These cameras began operating in January of 2018, starting with five (5) locations, and increasing to ten (10) in March of 2018. Cameras are rotated based on the number of violations that are issued and placed in areas with problematic traffic and speed concerns. Cameras are operational on all school days, Monday through Friday and enforce the posted speed limit from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Cameras that are remaining in their current locations will begin issuing tickets immediately, starting on September 3rd. Warnings will be issued to violators for 30 days at new camera locations and violations will be issued starting on October 21st. Nine cameras will remain in their current locations and six will be moved.
Locations for the new cameras are 520 Hope Street (Providence Center School), 93 Cranston Street (Providence Career and Technical Academy), Dexter Street at Waldo Street (Alfred Lima Elementary School), 387 Branch Avenue (A-Venture Academy), 187 Douglas Avenue (Times 2 Academy) and Across from 593 Academy Avenue (LaSalle Academy).
Cameras that will remain in their current locations are 50 Laurel Hill Avenue (Achievement First Mayoral Academy), 773 Chalkstone Avenue (Nathaniel Green Middle School), Across from 114 Olney Street (Hope High School), 515 Mount Pleasant Avenue (Mount Pleasant High School), 179 Thurbers Avenue (Roger Williams Middle School), 417 Charles Street (Esek Hopkins Middle School), 301 Butler Avenue (Lincoln School), 812 Douglas Avenue (Veazie Street School) and 156 Reservoir Avenue (Reservoir Avenue Elementary School). Increased signage will be placed in areas where speed limit laws will be photo enforced.
If a vehicle is determined by the PCU to be operating 11MPH or more over the speed limit, a violation will automatically be issued. The violation will then be reviewed by Providence Police Officers and Conduent, an outside vendor who manages and maintains the cameras. Once the violation is reviewed for accuracy and the information is verified, it is then mailed to the offender for payment. The first and each subsequent fine is $50.00.
The National Center for Safe Routes to School reports that pedestrians have a 95 percent chance of surviving if hit by a car going 20 miles per hour; 55 percent for pedestrians hit by a car going 30 miles per hour; and 15 percent for those hit by a car going 40 miles per hour.
A reduction in speed can be the difference between life and death.