East Providence school zone cameras will issue warnings, then fines of $ 50


EASTERN PROVIDENCE – Traffic cameras will begin to identify cars speeding through school zones this week, but owners will only receive a warning in lieu of the $ 50 fine, a statement from the mayor said on Tuesday. Roberto L. DaSilva.

The warning period, of 30 school days, will end in January, when school resumes after the holidays, the statement said. The idea is for drivers to slow down on their own, and if they need to be convinced, the city will send a letter stating how close they are to having to pay the fine.

“Our goal is simple: to get motorists to drive safely, not speed up in school zones,” said East Providence Police Chief Chris Francesconi, who was sworn in as chief on Oct. 25. . Signs near the pole-mounted cameras indicate the program is live but begins with a warning period.

“Changing driver behavior for the benefit of our residents and their children is the goal of this program; do not issue tickets, ”Francesconi said in the press release.

The city has a contract with Sensys Gatso, which paid for the equipment and installation of cameras and signs on major roads near schools.

Cameras only work on school days, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where are the cameras

◘ On Forbes Street, one camera for eastbound traffic and another for westbound traffic at Riverside Middle School.

One on either side of Pawtucket Avenue at Kent Heights School.

◘ Two each at St. Margaret’s School and East Providence High School.

◘ At St. Mary Academy – Bay View, only one camera is used, on the north side.

The city also has 10 speed control radars deployed in places other than school zones.

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