‘Legal issues’ cited as more Providence, RI school zone speed camera tickets dismissed

Providence’s law department again agreed to dismiss a batch of school-zone speed camera violations that were scheduled for trial last week as officials work to address questions raised by the city’s Municipal Court judges.

The city has now tossed out at least 38 tickets since Feb. 21, citing a range of reasons that included a representative from the company that manages the 15 speed cameras not appearing in court, jurisdiction issues and a police officer’s retirement.

The bulk of the tickets dismissed on Feb. 28 were because Conduent State & Local Solutions Inc. did not send an employee to discuss how the cameras are calibrated.

Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare initially told Eyewitness News an attorney for the city made a “mistake” when he agreed to dismiss tickets on Feb. 21, but he later said he was wrong to cast blame on a single lawyer.