PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The city of Providence is mounting a campaign to calm traffic in the area around Mount Pleasant High School after a teacher was killed last December in a hit-and-run crash.
City Council President Luis Aponte and Councilor Jo-Ann Ryan announced the $30,000 project Wednesday morning at the school, in front of a memorial dedicated to Anne-Marie Dansicker, who’d been leaving work when she was struck by a vehicle December 9, 2015.
“Mount Pleasant Avenue and the immediate area had about 100 accidents in the last three years and, tragically, one fatality,” said Ryan.
Parents noted the stretch of road near the school was notorious for speeding traffic, despite ‘school zone’ signs.
Wednesday, the outlined project was set to include more police patrols and more electronic speed signs in the Mount Pleasant and Elmhurst neighborhoods, as well as public service announcements. Providence Police Chief Hugh Clements said the city hopes to recover the money through fines.
“In the end, it’s about changing behavior,” Clements added. “It’s not really punitive where we want to give out 500 tickets. We’d rather change behavior.”
The crosswalks around the school will also be getting a makeover as part of the project. Providence-based arts group The Avenue Concept will be working with students to create intricate paintings on the road in an effort to draw drivers’ eyes to the crosswalks.
City officials hope the crosswalk in front of Mount Pleasant will be finished by the start of July and three others on the road by the end of summer.
The 19-year-old woman who was driving the car that hit Dansicker left the scene, but later went to police headquarters and identified herself. She was not immediately charged with a crime.