Sen. Quezada and Rep. Craven’s bill amending speed camera legislation passes the General Assembly
STATE HOUSE – Sen. Ana B. Quezada (D-Dist. 2, Providence) and Rep. Robert E. Craven’s (D-Dist. 32, North Kingstown) legislation (2018-S 2688Aaa / 2018-H 7956Baa) that amends the authorization for municipalities to use speed cameras in school zones passed the General Assembly today.
“This legislation would tighten the language in the legislation that regulates automated speed enforcement systems in school zones so the penalties are more reasonable and the signs will make it clear that the system is in use,” said Senator Quezada. “The legislation also includes language specifying that the system could only be used Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., and that cameras would only operate during the 180 day school year.”
“Everyone wants to protect our children, family members and pedestrians from flagrant speeders in school zones. Although well-intentioned, the initial speed camera act was implemented inappropriately and it lead to confusion and outrage from the public, especially concerning the unexpected and high-cost violation fines. This amendment will continue to protect everyone around school zones while also providing the proper notice and fairer violation fines for motorists,” said Representative Craven.
The bill would mandate more signage for automated school-zone-speed-enforcement system locations and it would change the initial violation ticket cost from $95 to $50 for each offense. Also, the violations would be expunged from court records every three years from the date of the motorist’s first offense and violations under the act cannot be reflected on a person’s driving record. For the first 30 days at a new speed camera location, warnings will only be issued.
Previously, the cameras were operational from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
The legislation is enabling only, and it would be up to municipalities to adopt ordinances at the local level if they seek to utilize the program. Additionally, since school vacation periods and other uses of schools vary from community to community, it would be up to municipalities whether to set additional time restrictions.
The legislation now heads to the governor for consideration.
For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903