STATE HOUSE – Rep. Anastasia P. Williams (D-Dist. 9,
Providence) has introduced legislation (2018-H 7965)
that would require “speed limit sign beacons” to be installed 100 feet from
either any school zone or any automated speed camera in the City of Providence.
“Protecting our children and pedestrians from flagrant
speeders is a necessity that is undisputed. However, the manner in which
the City of Providence has gone about achieving this laudable goal of
protecting public safety has left something to be desired at best, and at
worst, reeks of a blindsided cash grab. The people who have been saddled with
these tickets were not properly notified that such speed cameras were being
deployed in their neighborhoods and these same people being hit with these $95
tickets are not wealthy either. This bill will not only protect our
children from speeders, but it will do so without reaching into the wallets of
citizens who can least afford to pay these unexpected tickets,” said
The “speed light sign beacons” would consist of one or more
signal sections of a standard traffic control signal face, with a flashing
circular yellow signal indication in each signal section. The beacons
would be placed within 100 feet of any school zone or speed camera in order to
give drivers enough notice to slow down to the speed limit.
Representative Williams is also calling for these sign
beacons to be permanent in order to properly educate the citizens of what the
safe speed limit is in school zones.