City issues $3.2 million in school-zone speed camera fines
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Records show Providence collected $3.2 million in fines during the first year of its contentious school-zone speed camera program.
WPRI-TV reports the city will get close to $1.5 million in revenue after it pays the private company that operates the cameras $1.3 million and pays close to $500,000 in legal fees and refunds related to a lawsuit over the program.
Providence issued 63,267 speeding tickets between January and December.
A court dismissed more than 4,000 tickets due to printing errors during the first batch of violations.
Drivers later filed a federal class-action lawsuit over the program, and the city agreed to refund $20 of the $95 fine to drivers ticketed before April 15.
Tickets are now only issued on days when school is in session.
Information from: WPRI-TV, http://www.wpri.com