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The North Providence Breeze 07-10-2019

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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JULY 10-16, 2019 NORTH PROVIDENCE 3 NORTH PROVIDENCE – Town officials have asked the state to study whether new left-turn signals at intersections on Mineral Spring Avenue could lead to enhanced traf- fic flow on the state roadway. Chief David Tikoian, who serves on the State Traffic Commission, said that committee voted on June 26, at the recommendation of its traffic engineer, to approve mov- ing forward with a request from the town to study the intersection of Mineral Spring and Lexington Avenue and come back with recom- mendations on the town's request to install left-turn phases in both direc- tions. The Town Council, at Councilor Ken Amoriggi's request on June 4, approved sending a letter to the Rhode Island Department of Transportation asking about the possibility of the arrow signals on Mineral Spring and Lexington going east and west on Mineral Spring. The council also sent a follow-up reminder on a request last year for a left-turn signal at Mineral Spring and Charles Street for motorists turning left off Charles to go west on Mineral Spring. Amoriggi's request asks for an opinion from the state on whether the new signals will improve traffic on the town's busiest road, which he noted has seen significant commer- cial development in recent months and an increasingly vibrant business base. State studying impact of left signals on Mineral Spring By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com NORTH PROVIDENCE – As a result of the North Providence Police Department's ongoing crack- down on DUI violations and seat belt infractions, the department has won an additional $3,500 in funding from the Rhode Island Department of Transportation Office of Highway Safety. Last October, the department received $13,745 from the state to augment patrols and enforcement in the following areas: • DUI: $4,000 • Seat belts: $4,000 • Child seats: $1,745 • Speeding enforcement: $2,000 • Distracted driving: $2,000 "Due to the vigilant enforcement efforts of our officers," said Chief David Tikoian, the state has allo- cated the additional $3,500, $2,000 of that for DUI enforcement and another $1,500 for seat belt enforce- ment. "I have placed an emphasis of DUI enforcement during my tenure as chief. The ramifications of those who choose to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence go far beyond the operator," said Tikoian. "Their decisions have the potential to affect families and loved ones in a very permanent and nega- tive manner." The chief said he is confident that the vigilance displayed by local police officers in the area of DUI enforcement has prevented inci- dents of serious injury and fatalities from occurring. "Removing impaired operators from our roadways will remain a traffic enforcement priority of this department, making our community safer for each of us," he said. The Breeze reported last month that local police had arrested 42 people on DUI offenses in 2019, compared to 27 DUI arrests at the same time a year earlier. Police ended up arrest- ing a total of 73 people on DUI offenses in 2018. In 2017, there were 41 total arrests for DUI offenses. The top four roads for arrests are Mineral Spring Avenue, Woonasquatucket Avenue, Smith Street, and Douglas Avenue. DUI enforcement wins more grant funding By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com Join the summertime fun at NP Library NORTH PROVIDENCE – The North Providence Union Free Library, 1810 Mineral Spring Ave., announces the following programs: • Reader Theatre: The library will provide the books; partici- pants provide the action to bring stories to life by acting them out. Registration is required for grades K-2. Mondays at 11:30 a.m. • Family Maker Day: Come and test out the new 3D printing pens the library has obtained through a grant. Use the materials pro- vided to create a 3D object to take home. Monday, July 15, at 2 p.m. • Pickle the Read Dog: Sign up for a time slot to sit and read to Pickle the Read Dog. Registration is required. July 16, 30 and Aug. 13, from 2 to 3 p.m. • Ice Cream Social: Taste test some ice cream. Vote for your favorite flavor. Thursday, July 18, at 6:30 p.m. • Lego Builders: For ages 5 and up. Read a book together and then build on a theme. The library provides the Legos. Drop- in for weekly building challenges on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. through Aug. 27. • The library is offering a Mead Instruments Telescope for adult patrons to borrow. Available for one-week loans. Contact the Circulation Department for more information at 401-353-5600. 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