Dugan Arnett’s article ‘Tickets to a horror show” (Page A1, March 7) should have led with one of the problems Providence is trying to solve with its traffic cameras: safety of children getting to and from school. Tickets were issued to people driving at least 10 miles per hour over the speed limit in school zones.
Close to 6,000 pedestrians were hit and killed in the United States last year. Speed is a major factor in crash survival; speed limits in school zones are 20 miles per hour in order to make it safe for children to get to school, and to make sure drivers can stop if children are in a crosswalk.
Last month two students in Massachusetts, Talia Newfield and Adrienne Garrido, were fatally hit outside their high school in Needham. Last December the Globe ran glowing stories about Sam Balto, a teacher at a Roxbury elementary school, who uses Tom Brady cutouts to get cars to slow down in the school zone.
We need stronger tools than cutouts to keep our children safe.
The article about the 12,000 speeding tickets issued in Providence noted that the traffic cameras in question were installed “where accident reports and traffic complaints were high.”
Follow ground rules. They are often set in place with safety concerns in mind, not your rushed schedules.
Keep pedestrians safe, keep your money in your pocket, slow down. If it takes a camera to slow you down, I’m for it.
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