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Revised School zone speed camera authorization become law

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – New legislation amending previous language regarding school zone speeding cameras was signed into law Tuesday by the General Assembly.

The bill was intended to adjust some of the rules regarding the hours that speed cameras can be in use and the fines associated with violation tickets. The new law also sets a requirement for more signage in areas where cameras are operational.

“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 Sen. Ana B. Quezada, D-R.I., who co-sponsored the bill with Rep, Robert E. Craven, D-North Kingstown.

According to Quezada, the bill also specifies that camera systems can only operate Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. This marks a change from the original bill, which allowed operation from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.  

“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 Rep. Craven.

The new law only authorizes the use of  speeding cameras, and local municipalities will need to implement and enforce the law based on local needs and school schedules.

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