Let there be lights
City currently reviewing where speed and red light cameras will be situated around the city; installation next step
PAWTUCKET — The administration is currently reviewing where speed and red light cameras will be situated around the city, as officials have said that the installation of the traffic cameras will be completed by next month.
Director of Administration Dylan M. Zelazo said there is yet to be any pinpoint location of where the cameras will be installed, as the administration is in the process of determining where they’d make the most sense. Adding red light and speed cameras to the city is being done in the name of enhancing school safety and making the Police Department more efficient, city officials have said.
“We’re currently going through a review process that will examine both school speed zone areas as well as red lights,” Zelazo said on Friday. “We have 17 schools city-wide that are public, there are also a number of charter and Catholic schools, so we need to look at all of those – police, DPW, the vendor – to determine which make sense.”
However, Zelazo said that it’s more likely to see a camera along a main drag, where speeding has been an “observed condition,” rather than on back roads or side streets. He cited, as a comparison, Fallon Memorial Elementary School, which is tucked away on Lincoln Avenue, versus Potter Burns Elementary School and Lyman B. Goff Middle School, which are located on a multi-lane straight-away on Newport Avenue where, Zelazo said, “speeding tends to be natural.”
“Ultimately,” he added, “there’s a DOT approval process. This takes time, it’s not going to happen overnight.” The installation and implementation will be phased in, Zelazo said, so any issues that come up could be addressed before the full roll-out of the program.
Zelazo further said it’s too early in the process to make a reasonable estimate at the revenue the city will generate from
the traffic cameras. Without the knowledge of how many cameras there will be or where they’ll be located, he said, it’s difficult to anticipate a particular number of violations.
That said, the city will generate $50 per speed ticket from the cameras and $95 for red light violations.
“Zero dollars are budgeted,” he said. “When pursued, it was the administration’s stated position that it needed to be expenditure-neutral, not cost the city anything. If it produces more revenue than the fees, that would have a net positive impact on the budget.”
Gatso-USA will receive a fixed fee of $1,800 per camera per month for the red-light cameras,
$15.40 for each notice of violation issued; and a fixed fee of $2,500 per camera per month plus $7.30 for each notice of violation issued for speeding in school zones. The city will not be required to pay the fixed fee of $2,500 per camera during the months that school is not in session.
The cameras will be pole mounted. Once the cameras and signage are installed, there will be a 30-day warning period where motorists will receive a notice in the mail instead of a violation with the goal of changing driver behavior before a violation occurs, officials said. It is anticipated that camera and signage installation will be completed by February, weather permitting.
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