By CATHERINE WELCH
Providence, R.I. – The Rhode Island Department of Transportation has already turned off hundreds of street lights across the state and will soon be turning off more.
Next week, RIDOT plans to shut off lights along Route 37 in Cranston and Warwick during the early morning hours.
This is an expansion of RIDOT's curfew program that already stretches down parts of Route 44 in Smithfield and Route 403 in East Greenwich.
RIDOT Traffic Engineer Robert Rocchio says they have seen no rise in crashes since RIDOT launched the program last May.
"All the feedback we've had from our study is, safety is not compromised" says Rocchio. "And from the public we're getting positive feedback, if anything we're getting residents are calling saying, 'when are you going to get to my road?'"
Rocchio says RIDOT will expand the program to nearly all of its roads once proper signage and road striping is complete.
RIDOT says the program will save the state $600,000 annually.
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