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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 09-11-2019

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10 PAWTUCKET SEPTEMBER 11-17, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION cameras began monitoring traffic Aug. 28 has been for speeding in a school zone. According to police data sum- marized for The Breeze this week, more than 98 percent of all 13,000 warnings were given for infrac- tions near schools. As the Police Department and private vendor Sensys Gatso con- tinue to work together to assess all violations, initial reports showed there were more than 13,000 vio- lation warnings last week, said Wilder Arboleda, spokesman for Mayor Donald Grebien. Only about 200 of those were sent to motorists running red lights, while the rest were for excessive speed- ing on major roads containing school zones. More than 10,000 of the violations were around Goff Middle School and Potter-Burns Elementary School on Newport Avenue and Nathanael Greene on Smithfield Avenue. "The goal is to remind everyone to slow down for the safety of our children," said Arboleda. "The city is committed to continuously looking into additional ways to bring awareness to drivers beyond the traffic signs, social media, pamphlets, paid ads and media campaigns to ensure everyone's safety." The speed to trigger a ticket in a 20-mile-per-hour school zone is 31 miles per hour. The cameras are on from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on days school is in session. The probationary period where drivers will only get warnings began Aug. 28 and runs for 30 days. There are significantly more school zone cameras catching speeders than intersection cameras catching those who run red lights. More locations are expected to be added, but here are the locations for cameras at the outset of the program: Intersection cameras for red light violations: • Cottage Street and Newport Avenue (Route 1A) • Prospect Street at Division Street • Main Street and Lonsdale Avenue (Route 122) School cameras for speed violations: • Potter-Burns Elementary School and Goff Middle School • Nathanael Greene Elementary School • Curtis Elementary School • Varieur Elementary School • Samuel Slater Middle School and Cunningham Elementary School • Shea High School • Jenks Middle School • Agnes Little Elementary School • Curvin McCabe Elementary School The opening days of the Traffic Camera Safety Program in Pawtucket have validated the need for the traffic-control devices, according to Chief of Police Tina Goncalves. "Preliminary data is very much supporting the need for speed measures," she said. "The city and Pawtucket School Department have long recognized that speed- ing in the school areas is a prob- lem, especially since many of the students and parents in our city walk to school daily." Police are "working expedi- tiously alongside" private contrac- tor Sensys Gatso to ensure that they get the warnings out to viola- tors as quickly as possible after a review process, said the chief. "The public safety of our residents continues to be our pri- mary focus, especially for those families in the school areas," said Goncalves. Every violation is reviewed by the contractor and then by the Police Department before it is sent to the violator, Goncalves empha- sized in a written statement. "We understand that there is a process to training motor vehicle drivers to slow down in school zone areas," she said. "We will continue to educate the drivers through media efforts in order to protect our pedestrians. The goal is that the warning period will greatly reduce the speeding by schools before the violations come into effect." The program has drawn plenty of opinions on all sides, with some saying it represents a money grab and a violation of basic rights and others saying the cameras are needed to get people to slow down, particularly around schools. Tickets, once the warning period is up, will be $95 per red light violation and $50 per speeding violation. TICKETS From Page One Opening reception for Simeonov exhibit set for Sept. 19 PAWTUCKET – The city of Pawtucket's Arts and Culture Commission hosts a major exhibit of the work of 90-year-old international- ly acclaimed artist Mihail Simeonov, in the City Hall Art Gallery, from Sept. 19 to Dec. 31. An opening reception to meet Simeonov will be held at Pawtucket City Hall, Thursday, Sept. 19, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., 137 Roosevelt Ave. "As we celebrate the arts in the city of Pawtucket throughout September we are honored to have Pawtucket- resident Mihail showcase his vision- ary artwork at a major exhibit in the City Hall Art Gallery, states Miram Plitt, chairwoman of the City's Arts and Culture Commission. "We invite anyone with an interest in art and those who rally to protect the world's wildlife to attend our open- ing reception to celebrate the lifetime creativity and vision of Mihail whose extraordinary works of art can be seen at the New York-based United Nations, and in private collections in New York, Los Angeles, and Columbus, Ohio," says Plitt. The Pawtucket exhibition showcas- es several distinct but related bodies of work in a range of media, includ- ing bronze, painting and drawing. The works illustrate how Mihail, at 90 years of age, continues to innovate artistically, elaborating on themes which have compelled and fascinated him since the 1960s.

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