City adding cameras to crack down on school zone speeding

December 29, 2018

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — Another Rhode Island city is adopting traffic cameras to crack down on speeding.

Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien announced Friday the city north of Providence has hired Gatso-USA to add the cameras at intersections and near schools.

The Democrat said the city is embracing new technology to address problem speeding in school zones because police department resources are limited. The Massachusetts-based company will bear all costs for cameras, signs and other equipment.

Providence’s traffic camera system has been in place for over a decade and generates millions of dollars in city revenue. But after Providence added cameras near schools last year, the number of speeding tickets issued skyrocketed, prompting a class action lawsuit the city recently settled.

The controversy also prompted state lawmakers to pass legislation limiting traffic camera programs.