Rhode Island’s New Hands-Free Law

From No Texting while driving to No checking emails – Now, don’t hold your mobile phone while driving. According to The National Safety Council, mobile phones are involved in 1.6 million auto accidents each year. Also, in 2015; 391,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver. With 1 out of every 4 car accidents in the United States being related to phones, this new law is a huge step for the safety of Rhode Island drivers.

As of June 1st, the “hands-free” law is in effect which prohibit drivers from using hand-held devices. Police can start pulling over and issuing $100 tickets to drivers they see talking on a hand-held phone. First offense can be waived if the violator can show proof of having acquired hands-free equipment to Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal.

In 2009, Rhode Island passed a law with No Texting and Driving. In the Rhode Island state law, states “No person shall use a wireless handset or personal wireless communication device to compose, read, or send text messages while driving a motor vehicle on any public street or public highway within the state of Rhode Island.” (Section 31-22-30). The result of breaking the No texting and driving law includes a fine of $100, a license suspension for up to 30 days, or both. The more a person is caught texting and driving; the more the consequences amount rises.

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