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The North Providence Breeze 04-17-2019

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4 NORTH PROVIDENCE APRIL 17-23, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION learn on April 9 that the Rhode Island Department of Transportation was already announcing a new speed limit, saying they expected it to still be several weeks before it took effect. The first few weeks of the change will be an educational period as police get the message to drivers to slow down, said Martins. "We're not engaging in any con- certed enforcement efforts," he said. "That doesn't mean flagrant viola- tions will be ignored." Even after the grace period, there's no anticipation that Mineral Spring Avenue will become a speed trap, said Martins. The bottom line here is to promote safety, reduce accidents, prevent property damage and keep people alive, and this is no "money grab" as some have sug- gested in the wake of the change. "We just want to make the com- munity safer," he said. The Breeze reported last week that police were looking to change the speed limit, dropping the 2.8-mile portion of the road from Thomas Street to Route 146 from 35 miles per hour to 25 miles per hour. Previous speed limits were 25 miles per hour only from Route 146 to the Pawtucket line on the Marieville end of town and from Thomas Street to Smith Street on the Centredale end. The Town Council is preparing to change local ordinance to match state law, a vote expected next month. That change will allow the town to send all violations caught along the roadway to municipal court, as had been the practice under the old speed limit, instead of violators going to state traffic court as they'll do during the interim until the ordinance is passed. Martins said police have no regrets about asking the state to conduct a study and decreasing the speed limit. He said he has seen traffic going slower as he's driven around, and he knows drivers aren't going slower due to his presence because he drives an unmarked vehicle. The deputy chief reiterated that the 35-mile zone just didn't make sense for the increasingly urbanized North Providence, particularly as the higher limit was on the portion of the road that's busiest. There are many distractions for motorists along this main section with the turn lane, he said, including mul- tiple schools and businesses. When people are searching for street signs or certain businesses, they get dis- tracted from driving, he said, mak- ing an already dangerous road more hazardous. "I was baffled that right on Mineral Spring Avenue there was no reduction for school zones," he said. "Drivers could go buzzing by the high school at 35 miles per hour." The 35-mile zone was likely a holdover from the old days before the town was as built up as it is today, said Martins. 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