Providence, RI speed cameras were a money maker in 2018

Providence collected $3.2 million in fines during the first year of its controversial school-zone speed camera program, despite a botched rollout that resulted in thousands of tickets being dismissed, a massive class-action lawsuit and changes to state law.

Even after the city pays the private company that operates the portable cameras $1.3 million and finishes shelling out close to $500,000 in legal fees and refunds related to the lawsuit, Providence will have netted just under $1.5 million in revenue from violations issued between January and December of last year, according to a Target 12 review of city records.