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Rhode Island Traffic Laws

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Below you will find links to traffic laws and driving rules in Rhode Island -- including the online vehicle code, statutes on common traffic violations, and state-specific driving manuals (where available).

Drinking & Driving Violations Motor Vehicle Offenses: Driving Under the Influence (RI Code scroll to 31-27-2 to 31-27-3)
Driving Without a License / With a Suspended License License required to drive (RI Code 31-10-1)
License to be carried and exhibited on demand (RI Code 31-10-27)
Driving Without Insurance / With Insufficient Insurance Proof of Financial Responsibility for the Future (RI Code Ch. 31-32)
Driving Without Registration / With Expired Registration Offenses Against Registration and Certificate of Title Laws (RI Code Ch. 31-8)
Operation of Unregistered Vehicles a Misdemeanor (RI Code 31-3-1)
Illegal U-Turn Places where U-turns prohibited (RI Code 31-16-4)
Leaving the Scene of an Accident / Hit & Run Accidents and Accident Reports (RI Code Ch. 31-26)
Mechanical Violations Equipment and Accessories Generally (RI Code Ch. 31-23)
Lighting Equipment and Reflectors (RI Code Ch. 31-24)
Reckless Driving Reckless driving and other offenses against public safety (RI Code 31-27-4)
Running a Red Light / Stop Sign Traffic Control Devices (RI Code Ch. 31-13)
Seat Belt / Child Restraint Violations Safety seat belts in new vehicles (RI Code 31-23-39)
Approved types of seat belts (RI Code 31-23-40)
Speeding Speed Restrictions (RI Code Ch. 31-14)
Unlawful Vehicle Modifications Equipment and Accessories Generally (RI Code Ch. 31-23)
Lighting Equipment and Reflectors (RI Code Ch. 31-24)

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