Safety commissioner asks House to keep traffic camera laws
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Providence’s public safety commissioner says the city is willing to adjust a contentious traffic camera program.
WPRI-TV reports Commissioner Steven Pare asked lawmakers Tuesday to keep the laws underlying its school-zone traffic camera program, which issued more than 12,000 speeding tickets in its first 33 days.
The comments came during testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, which held hearings on four bills related to traffic cameras.
One of the proposed bills would repeal the laws that allow for such cameras, while others would establish a graduated penalty system, set fines at $35 and limit the hours the cameras can be used.
Pare says the cameras appear to have already slowed drivers on Mount Pleasant Avenue.
Many of the initial speeding tickets were dismissed in court because they contained errors.
Information from: WPRI-TV, http://www.wpri.com