Company waives city’s speed camera fees for April

Company waives city’s speed camera fees for April

PAWTUCKET – The company that operates the city’s traffic light and speed camera program is waiving the city’s monthly speed camera fees for at least the month of April as the impacts of the coronavirus continue to limit revenue from the program.

The fixed fee for each camera is $2,500, and Sensys Gatso also receives $7.30 per $50 violation in speed zones. There are nine total locations for the speed cameras.

The traffic signal part of the program, where motorists are automatically ticketed for running a red light, remains active and nearly fully activated, with more cameras coming online this month, say officials.

They said this week that the Pawtucket Police Department’s priority is to ensure the safety of our students, teachers and parents through the Traffic Safety Camera Program by making vehicle operators aware of the need to slow down.

“With school currently not in session due to the (COVID-19) pandemic, school speed cameras will not be issuing tickets,” said Wil Arboleda, spokesman for Mayor Donald Grebien, in a statement. “However, we ask everyone to continue to exercise caution while driving as residents are walking through the streets more as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Arboleda did not offer an answer on how much revenue they expect to lose as part of the school camera program being offline for the foreseeable future.

“The program is about safety, not revenue, so the city would not have an amount of funds that it is projected to lose,” he said. “The Police Department has been in contact with the contractor, who will be waiving all fees to the city during this time.”