Providence to reactivate controversial speed cameras

The cameras will be activated by public schools starting Tuesday.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Providence is reactivating the controversial speed cameras that ignited a federal lawsuit earlier this year.

City officials say the cameras will be reactivated Tuesday, operating on school days between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. near public schools.

WPRI-TV reports that drivers caught traveling at least 11 miles over the posted speed limit will receive warnings until Oct. 11 — when they will be fined $50 for each violation.

The cameras were turned off in July following General Assembly legislation requiring tickets only be issued when school is in session. The new law also lowered the fine from $95 to $50.

The city issued more than 36,000 violations earlier this year, later agreeing to partially refund thousands of drivers to settle a class-action lawsuit challenging multiple facets of the program.



Information from: WPRI-TV,

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