The following information is updated periodically. However, laws and regulations can change between updates. State statutes and local ordinances are the ultimate authorities for these issues.
Points of Interest
Rural Interstates: Cars 65, Trucks 65
Urban Interstates: Cars 55, Trucks 55
Other Limited Access Roads: Cars 55, Trucks 55
These speed limits apply unless a different limit is posted.
Speed limits are presumed (Driving faster than the speed limit is only evidence of unreasonable speed--you can still argue that your speed was safe under the specific conditions)
Speed Limits Enforcement Techniques
Enforced through use of:
Automated Speed Enforcement: Yes
Ticket Payment Methods
Consult your ticket or clerk of courts
Trial By Declaration Allowed
Jury Trial Allowed
Note: Speeding and all minor traffic violations are handled by the Administrative Adjudication Division.
Member of Nonresident Compact
Member of Driver License Compact
When and Where to File Accident Reports
The operator of any motor vehicle involved in an accident in this state resulting in injuries and/or property damage in excess of $1,000.00, is required to report this accident in writing, within 21 days, to the Divison of Motor Vehicles, Office of Safety Responsibility, 100 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI.
If the operator is physically incapable of making out the report, it should be made by the owner within 21 days of having learned of the accident.
Resident Insurance Requirements
Liability insurance is required (although some states allow posting a cash bond or such as an alternative)
Minimum Coverage Required:
You can choose between a "split limit" or a "single limit" policy. The split limit is $25,000 per person injured in any one accident and $50,000 for all persons injured in any one accident. This also requires a minimum property damage coverage amount of $25,000 for injury to or destruction of property of others in any one accident. The single limit is $75,000 per accident for all damages.
Novice Drivers: All cell phone use prohibited for ages under 18, using primary enforcement
School Bus Drivers: All cell phone use prohibited, using primary enforcement
All Drivers: Text-messaging prohibited, using primary enforcement
Telephone: 401/277-2970 or http://www.courts.ri.gov/traffic/knowyourrights.htm (Judiciary of RI, Traffic Tribunal, "Know Your Rights")
Emergency Cellular Phone Number: *77
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This page was last updated: August 2010