Speed cameras capture 30,000 infractions in two weeks

Speed cameras capture 30,000 infractions in two weeks

No wiggle room for contractor to issue fewer tickets

PAWTUCKET – Camera-captured incidents of speeding in Pawtucket are rocketing back up as the city approaches a new deadline for the start of real tickets.

After incidents dropped to 11,000 incidents for the work week ending Oct. 4, the lowest total of any week since warnings began being issued Sept. 28, the next two weeks have seen more than a combined 30,000 documented infractions.

• Last week there were 15,894 incidents over five days, with only 430 for violations captured by red light cameras and the rest for speeding violations in school zones.

With the Columbus Day holiday removed as it would be if real tickets were given out, the number of speeding incidents would have been 11,038, plus the 430 red light violations.

• For the week before, the one ending Oct. 11, there were 14,402 incidents over five days, and 425 of those were for violations at red lights.

Broken down by day, there were 2,795 incidents per day last week, and 3,092 incidents per day the week before.

Officials previously extended the deadline to start sending out real tickets by a month, setting a new launch date of next Monday, Oct. 28.

Asked by The Breeze this week if contractor Sensys Gatso will have the discretion to only issue tickets for more extreme speeds if ticket numbers get excessively high, Wilder Arboleda, spokesman for Mayor Donald Grebien, said the only fair way to run the program is for everyone who drives at 31 miles per hour or faster in a 20-mile-per-hour zone, without a valid reason for doing so, to receive a ticket.

“For the safety of our children and families walking to and from schools, all who drive above the threshold will receive violations,” he said.

That said, the numbers so far are referred to as incidents because they’re not all necessarily violations that would warrant a ticket, said Arboleda. The company will review every incident and evaluate whether there were extenuating circumstances such as someone getting out of the way of a police cruiser, he said.

After that “scrubbing” process, the Police Department will review them as well before tickets are issued.

Comments

These cameras will open opportunities for new people to run for office, watch out mayor and city council.

If they truly wanted to reduce speeds they could install speed bumps and flashing lights warning about school zone, vs. hiding cameras so they could trick people. If they really cared about safety they would give warnings to lower speed drivers 30-35 and tickets to higher speed ones.

It's what government does best - legalized theft. What's new? What I want to know is how many pedestrian injuries or fatalities have there been in a school zone in the past decade? Anyone? Bueller? Legalized theft - because they write the rules and we're just the fools.