30 Day Warning Period Citywide, Fines to Start October 23nd
August 15, 2018
PROVIDENCE, RI- The City of Providence announced the locations of the 15 Portable Camera Units (PCU’s) that will be operational in school zones throughout the City beginning September 4, 2018. 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 this year, starting with five (5) locations, and increasing to ten (10) in March 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 will be enforcing the posted speed limit from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. starting on September 4th. Warnings will be issued to violators for the first 30 school days, beginning on September 4th and fines will begin being issued on October 23rd.
Locations for cameras are 50 Laurel Hill Avenue (Achievement First Mayoral Academy), 1547 Chalkstone Avenue (Pleasant View Elementary School), 150 Depasquale Avenue (Carl Lauro Elementary), 55 Gordon Avenue- Potters Avenue side (Bailey Elementary), Across from 114 Olney Street (Hope High School), 180 Sterling Avenue (Webster Avenue Elementary), Branch Avenue-Northside East of Burleigh Street E-cubed Academy), 320 Public Street (MET School), 515 Mount Pleasant Avenue (Mount Pleasant High School), 179 Thurbers Avenue (Roger Williams Middle School), 417 Charles Street (Esek Hopkins Middle School), 307 Elmgrove Avenue (Nathan Bishop Middle School), 301 Butler Avenue (Lincoln School), 773 Chalkstone Avenue (Nathaniel Greene Middle School), and 812 Douglas Avenue (Veazie Street 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.