PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Providence City Council has approved a plan to install more than a dozen new speed cameras in school zones.

Officials say the primary goal of the 15 new cameras will be safety for pedestrians and drivers. WLNE-TV ( ) reports that Democratic Mayor Jorge Elorza (HOR’-hay ay-LOR’-sah) says he hopes the cameras will deter people from speeding in the first place.

The school cameras are in addition to 20 new red light cameras the mayor hopes to have up and running as soon as possible.

The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union says the new cameras are an invasion of drivers’ right to due process. The ACLU says it sees the cameras as just another way for the city to raise revenues from tickets.

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