Rhode Island

GHSA maintains data on state laws surrounding a number of highway safety issues. Below is information regarding laws in the state of Rhode Island. Please note that GHSA does not compile any additional data on state laws other than what is presented in these pages. For more information, consult the appropriate State Highway Safety Office.

  • Alcohol Impaired Driving

    Penalties

    Increased Penalty for High BAC Administrative License Suspension on First Offense Limited Driving Privileges During Suspension Vehicle and License Plate Sanctions
    .10 and .15     Judicial discretion on 3rd or subsequent conviction

    Ignition Interlocks

    Mandatory for all convictions

    Other

    Open Container Laws Repeat Offender Laws Alcohol Exclusion Laws Limiting Treatment
    Yes No No
  • Bicyclists and Pedestrians

    Bicycle helmets required for all riders under 16.

  • Child Passenger Safety

    Child Restraint Required

    2 yrs or under and under 30 lbs in rear-facing child safety seat

    7 yrs and under and shorter than 57" and under 80 lbs in child restraint

    Adult Safety Belt Permissible

    7 yrs or under and 80 lbs or over or 57" or taller

    8-17 yrs

    Maximum Fine for 1st Offense

    $85

    $40 for children between 8-17

  • Distracted Driving

    Hand-Held Ban?

    Yes. Primary law.

    All Cell Phone Ban?

    School Bus Drivers

    Yes. Primary law.

    Novice Drivers

    Drivers under 18. Primary law.

    Text Messaging Ban?

    All drivers. Primary law.

  • Drug Impaired Driving

    DUID Zero Tolerance or Per se Laws for Some Drugs

    • Zero tolerance for some drugs

    Marijuana-Specific Laws

    • Possession and Use: Decriminalized and legal for medical use
    • Impaired Driving: Zero tolerance for THC and metabolites
  • Mature Drivers

    Length of Regular Renewal Cycle

    5 years

    Provisions for Mature Drivers

    75 and over: renewal every 2 years

  • Motorcyclists

    Helmets required for all riders under 21 or who have been licensed less than one year; helmets required for all passengers. Universal helmet law repealed 1976.

  • Seat Belts

    Type of Law

    Primary

    Who Is Covered?

    Riders 8 and over

    In What Seat?

    All

    Maximum Fine for 1st Offense

    $40

  • Sobriety Checkpoints

    Checkpoints are not conducted. They are illegal under State Supreme Court decision.

  • Speed and Red Light Cameras

    Speed Cameras

    No state law or programs


    Red Light Cameras

    Violation/State Law

    Permitted

    Permitted Locations/Criteria

    Statewide

    Citation Issued To/Liability

    Registered owner/Registered owner

    Image Taken

    2 or more images of vehicle nad tag in any medium

    Penalties (Traditional Penalties)

    $75 maximum; not a criminal or record offense; not a moving violation; not used by insurers until final adjudication ($75)


    School Bus Safety Violation Cameras

    Violation/State Law

    Permitted

    Permitted Locations/Criteria

    Statewide

    Citation Issued To/Liability

    Registered owner/Owner

    Image Taken

    2 or more images of vehicle and tag in any medium

    Penalties (Traditional Penalties)

    $500; not a criminal or record offense; not a moving violation; not used by insurers ($500)

  • Speeding and Aggressive Driving

    Rural Interstates

    Cars (MPH) Trucks (MPH)
    65 65

    Urban Interstates

    Cars (MPH) Trucks (MPH)
    55 55

    Other Limited Access Roads

    Cars (MPH) Trucks (MPH)
    55 55

    *NOTE: Rhode Island speed limits are not set by law, but by state traffic commission

    Aggressive Driver Actions Defined by Statute

    Speeding and at least two of the following: failure to obey traffic control device, overtaking on the right, driving outside the lanes of traffic, following too closely, failure to yield right of way, entering roadway unsafely, failure to use turn signals, failure to stop or yield at signs, use of emergency lane for travel.

  • Teen and Novice Drivers

    Full Privilege Minimum Age

    17 years, 6 months

    Learner Stage

    Minimum Age (Years/Months)

    Minimum Duration (Months)

    Required Supervised Driving Hours (Night Hours)

    16 6 50 (10)

    Intermediate Stage

    Minimum Age (Years/Months)

    Nighttime Driving Restriction

    Passenger Restriction (except family, unless noted)

    16 / 6 1 a.m. - 5 a.m. First 12 months: no more than 1 under 21
  • Work Zones

    Violations Affected

    Speeding

    Enhanced Penalties

    Double original fine

    Workers Must Be Present?

    No

    Signs Must Be Present?

    Yes