Camera tickets 
won’t impact insurance

Camera tickets 
won’t impact insurance

PAWTUCKET – Motorists caught violating traffic laws by a new camera system set to go on at the end of the month will not face repercussions with their auto insurance companies, according to officials. Tickets do not go on driving records.

“It’s considered a civil violation like a parking ticket,” said Bill Fischer, representing camera operator Sensys Gatso. “These types of violations are not reported to insurance companies.”

A city resident last week pointed out that the city shouldn’t legally be allowed to cite a driver specifically because the cameras are only catching license plates, and not the particular person behind the wheel.

The Breeze reported last week that the city will go live with its new camera monitoring system on Aug. 28, kickstarting a 30-day warning period where motorists will receive notices in the mail but no actual violations.

Red-light cameras are going up at busy intersections and speed zone cameras are going up in high-traffic areas around city public schools.

After the city reviews and approves a violation, Sensys Gatso shall issue a notice of violation within 10 days. Motorists will be allowed to review provided images and will be able to contact the company to dispute them.

If a violator doesn’t pay a fine within 30 days of a violation being mailed, a second notification will go out. If they still don’t pay it in another 14 days, collection efforts will begin, and Sensys will be allowed to collect fees for the collection effort.

If a violator hasn’t paid within 60 days, the company can charge an 18 percent fee for collection efforts. If the fee hasn’t been paid in 120 days, the company will send one or more additional notices, then prepare a filing with the Department of Motor Vehicles in Rhode Island and elsewhere required for non-renewal on driving privileges. The collection fee for that additional activity will be 25 percent.

Violations for those running red lights will be $95, while tickets for speeding violations in school zones will be $50.