In July of 2012 the town of Charlestown
and Sensys America, Inc. entered into a contract to install Red Light Cameras
at the intersections of East Beach and West Beach Roads at Rte 1. The Red
Light Cameras have been in operation since January 2015. All red light violations thus far have been
issued as warnings to the registered owners of vehicles observed violating
this week vehicles that are observed going through these two red lights in
violation of Rhode Island State Law will be receiving a pay by mail citation.
In our review of the violations to date,
the police department has determined that many of the alleged violations are
vehicles that are taking right hand turns without coming to a complete stop at
the red light at the intersection of West Beach road and Rte.1. Although many in our state believe that “rolling
through” a stop sign or red light to take a right turn is an acceptable
practice, state law requires vehicles to come to a complete stop prior to
taking a right turn. Therefore, the
police department is asking all the motoring public to remember the basic rules
of the road in order to make our roadways as safe as possible for everyone.