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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 11-20-2019

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20 THE VALLEY NOVEMBER 20-26, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION only four weekdays due to the Veterans Day holiday. The daily numbers were down substantially in week two, from about 1,780 tickets daily in the week from Nov. 4-8 to 1,400 tickets daily from Nov. 12-15. There were 8,904 viola- tions the previous week, Nov. 4-8, the first week where there weren't glitches in the camera system keeping the numbers way lower than would be typical. The violation numbers have diminished with real tickets now being given out, and are quite a bit lower than the 10,000 or more weekly violations being seen during a months-long warn- ing period, but remain higher than originally expected before the traffic safety pro- gram was implemented this fall. Of the 5,599 violations last week, 160 were for violations at red lights and the rest were for speeding in school zones, according to members of Mayor Donald Grebien's administration. Newport Avenue is easily seeing the most violations of anyone, with well over half of all violations happening on that busy four-lane state road. The highest speeds being recorded by cameras are routinely happening on East Avenue, according to data compiled by contrac- tor Gatso and the Pawtucket Police Department. A violation does not neces- sarily indicate that a ticket was issued, as each incident is reviewed by the contrac- tor and police to check for extenuating circumstances. The vast majority of motor- ists receiving tickets through a new camera ticketing pro- gram are driving in the range of 31-35 miles per hour, according to data provided by the Pawtucket Police Department to the City Council. • For the week of Oct. 14-18, 10,921 of the 14,730 violations (no tickets) were in that range, with declin- ing numbers in each speed category all the way to one person driving 72 miles per hour on East Avenue. • For the week of Oct. 21-25, 8,066 of the 10,923 violations (no tickets) were in that 31-35 range, with numbers gradually tailing off to one violation for someone driving 82 miles per hour on East Avenue. • For the week of Oct. 28 to Nov. 1, when real tickets started being handed out, 2,227 of the 2,947 violations were in that range. One per- son driving on East Avenue hit 64 miles per hour. • For the week of Nov. 4-8, 6,592 of the 8,904 violations were for those speeds. The fastest recorded speed was on Newport Avenue, when someone drove 60 miles per hour. Speeders in school zones get the same $50 ticket through the camera system whether they're driving 31 miles per hour or 82 miles per hour. VIOLATIONS From Page One Post Card Club will meet Sunday NORTH PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Post Card Club holds its next meeting on Sunday, Nov. 24, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Knights of Columbus, 15 Bassett St. Post cards of all descrip- tions including town views and holiday greetings will be available for sale at the club meeting. There is no admission charge. Junior Achievement receives $100,000 grant WARWICK – Junior Achievement of Rhode Island announced they have received a $100,000 grant from American Student Assistance to support their JA Inspire career pathways program. JA Inspire, which is planned to reach 9,000 Rhode Island 8th grad- ers, was developed to help support the Governor's Workforce Board's PrepareRI action plan, which is "a commitment by the state of Rhode Island to improve the career readiness and postsecond- ary attainment of all Rhode Island youth to prepare them with the skills they need for jobs that pay." The JA Inspire program includes four in-class ses- sions where students will take a personality assess- ment to see what jobs align with their interests, research those jobs and see what skills and educational requirements are needed to obtain and be successful in those jobs. Students will then go to the Rhode Island Convention Center for the JA Inspire Career Exploration Fair, where they will get to explore various high-wage/high- demand careers. Exhibits will include over 150 inter- active career stations with over 500 mentors from local companies working with students who will participate in hands-on activities, often using equipment or tools used on a job. After the career fair, stu- dents participate in a final in-class session to reflect on what they have learned and identify next steps to further define their academic choic- es and career paths. Do you like to read The Valley Breeze? Then please shop with our advertisers, and tell them 'I saw it in The Breeze!'

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