Chapter 307

2007 -- H 5971

Enacted 07/06/07

 

A N A C T

RELATING TO HIGHWAYS

          

     Introduced By: Representatives Long, Story, and Savage

     Date Introduced: March 01, 2007

 

It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:

 

     SECTION 1. Section 24-12-37 of the General Laws in Chapter 24-12 entitled "Rhode

Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority" is hereby amended to read as follows:

 

     24-12-37. Penalty for nonpayment of toll. -- (a) Any person who uses any project and

fails or refuses to pay the toll provided therefor shall be punished by a fine of not more than one

hundred dollars ($100). or by imprisonment for not more than thirty (30) days, or both. Toll

evasion violators shall receive a traffic violation summons which shall be subject to the

jurisdiction of the traffic tribunal.

      (b) It is unlawful for any person or business, other than an authorized representative of

the authority: (i) to sell, offer for sale or attempt to sell tokens, tickets, passes or other evidences

of payment issued for passage on any project of the authority, including but not limited to, the

Claiborne Pell Bridge, if originally issued by the authority pursuant to any program of the

authority providing for a reduced rate of toll based upon frequency of use of the project, volume

of tokens, passes or other evidences of payment purchased, or method of payment for the toll; or

(ii) to sell, offer for sale, or attempt to sell tokens, passes or other evidences of payment issued for

passage on any project of the authority, including but not limited to, the Claiborne Pell Bridge for

a profit. Any person or business who is found in violation of this subsection shall be punished, for

each offense, by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500).

 

     SECTION 2. Section 31-41.1-4 of the General Laws in Chapter 31-41.1 entitled

"Adjudication of Traffic Offenses" is hereby amended to read as follows:

 

     31-41.1-4. Schedule of violations. -- (a) The penalties for violations of the enumerated

sections, listed in numerical order, correspond to the fines described. However, those offenses for

which punishments which may vary according to the severity of the offense, or punishment which

require the violator to perform a service, shall be heard and decided by the traffic tribunal or

municipal court. The following violations may be handled administratively through the method

prescribed in this chapter. This list is not exclusive and jurisdiction may be conferred on the

traffic tribunal with regard to other violations.

     violations.

VIOLATIONS SCHEDULE

8-8.2-2 DOT, DEM, or other agency and department $75.00

violations

     24-10-17 Soliciting rides in motor vehicles 40.00

     24-10-18 Backing up prohibited 75.00

     24-10-20 Park and ride lots 75.00

     24-12-37 Nonpayment of toll 100.00

     31-3-12 Visibility of plates 75.00

     31-3-18 Display of plates 75.00

     31-3-32 Driving with expired registration 75.00

     31-3-34 Failure to notify division of

      change of address 75.00

     31-3-35 Notice of change of name 75.00

     31-3-40 Temporary plates - dealer issued 75.00

     31-4-3 Temporary registration - twenty

      (20) day bill of sale 75.00

     31-10-10 Rules as to armed forces license 75.00

     31-10-30 Driving on expired license 75.00

     31-10-32 Notice of change of address 75.00

     31-10.1-4 No motorcycle helmet (operator) 60.00

     31-10.1-5 Motorcycle handlebar violation 75.00

     31-10.1-6 No motorcycle helmet (passenger) 75.00

     31-10.1-7 Inspection of motorcycle required 75.00

     31-12-12 Local motor vehicle ordinance 75.00

     31-13-04 Obedience to devices 75.00

     31-13-6(3)(i) Eluding traffic light 75.00

     31-13-09 Flashing signals 75.00

     31-13-11 Injury to signs or devices 75.00

     31-14-1 Reasonable and prudent speed 85.00

     31-14-03 Condition requiring reduced speed 85.00

     31-14-09 Below minimum speed 85.00

     31-14-12 Speed limit on bridges and structures 85.00

     31-15-1 Leaving lane of travel 75.00

     31-15-2 Slow traffic to right 75.00

     31-15-3 Operator left of center 75.00

     31-15-4 Overtaking on left 75.00

     31-15-5(a) Overtaking on right 75.00

     31-15-6 Clearance for overtaking 75.00

     31-15-7 Places where overtaking prohibited 75.00

     31-15-8 No passing zone 75.00

     31-15-9 One way highways 75.00

     31-15-10 Rotary traffic islands 75.00

     31-15-11 Laned roadway violation 75.00

     31-15-12 Following too closely 75.00

     31-15-12.1 Entering intersection 75.00

     31-15-13 Crossing center section of divided highway 75.00

     31-15-14 Entering or leaving limited access

      roadways 75.00

     31-15-16 Use of emergency break-down lane

      for travel 75.00

     13-15-17 Crossing bicycle lane 75.00

     31-16-1 Care in starting from stop 75.00

     31-16-2 Manner of turning at intersection 75.00

     31-16-4 U turn where prohibited 75.00

     31-16-5 Turn signal required 75.00

     31-16-6 Time of signaling turn 75.00

     31-16-7 Failure to give stop signal 75.00

     31-16-8 Method of giving signals 75.00

     31-16.1-3 Diesel vehicle idling rules

      first offense not to exceed 100.00

      second and subsequent offense not

      to exceed 500.00

     31-17-1 Failure to yield right of way 75.00

     31-17-2 Vehicle turning left 75.00

     31-17-3 Yield right of way (intersection) 75.00

     31-17-4 Obedience to stop signs 75.00

     31-17-5 Entering from private road or

      driveway 75.00

     31-17-8 Vehicle within right of way, rotary 75.00

     31-17-9 Yielding to bicycles on bicycle lane 75.00

     31-18-3 Right of way in crosswalks 75.00

     31-18-5 Crossing other than at crosswalks 75.00

     31-18-8 Due care by drivers 75.00

     31-18-12 Hitchhiking 75.00

     31-18-18 Right of way on sidewalks 75.00

     31-19-3 Traffic laws applied to bicycles 75.00

     31-19-20 Sale of new bicycles 75.00

     31-19-21 Sale of used bicycles 75.00

     31-19.1-2 Operating motorized bicycle on an

      interstate highway 75.00

     31-19.2-2 Operating motorized tricycle on an

      interstate highway 75.00

     31-20-1 Failure to stop at railroad crossing 75.00

     31-20-2 Driving through railroad gate 75.00

     31-20-9 Obedience to stop sign 75.00

     31-21-4 Places where parking or stopping

      prohibited 75.00

     31-21-14 Opening of vehicle doors 45.00

     31-22-2 Improper backing up 75.00

     31-22-4 Overloading vehicle 75.00

     31-22-5 Violation of safety zone 75.00

     31-22-6 Coasting 75.00

     31-22-7 Following fire apparatus 75.00

     31-22-8 Crossing fire hose 75.00

     31-22-9 Throwing debris on highway

      snow removal 75.00

     31-22-11.5 Improper use of school bus - not to exceed

five hundred

      dollars ($500)

      for each day of

      improper use

     31-22-22(a) No child restraint 75.00

     31-22-22(a) Child restraint/seat belt but not in

      any rear seating position 75.00

     31-22-22(b), (f) No seat belt - passenger 75.00

     31-22-22(g) No seat belt - operator 75.00

     31-22-23 Tow trucks - proper identification 275.00

     31-22-24 Operation of interior lights 75.00

     31-23-1(d)(2) U.S. department of transportation

      motor carrier safety

      rules and regulations 125.00

     31-23-4 Brake equipment required 75.00

     31-23-8 Horn required 75.00

     31-23-10 Sirens prohibited 75.00

     31-23-13 Muffler required 75.00

     31-23-13.1 Altering height or operating a motor

      vehicle with an altered height 75.00

     31-23-14 Prevention of excessive fumes or

      smoke 75.00

     31-23-16 Windshield and window stickers

      (visibility) 75.00

     31-23-17 Windshield wipers 75.00

     31-23-19 Metal tires prohibited 75.00

     31-23-20 Protuberances on tires 75.00

     31-23-26 Fenders and wheel flaps required 75.00

     31-23-27 Rear wheel flaps on buses, trucks

      and trailers 75.00

     31-23-29 Flares or red flag required over

      four thousand pounds (4,000 lbs.) 75.00

     31-23-40 Approved types of seat belt requirements 75.00

     31-23-42.1 Special mirror - school bus 75.00

     31-23-43 Chocks required (1 pair) - over

      four thousand pounds (4,000 lbs.) 75.00

     31-23-45 Tire treads - defective tires 75.00

     31-23-47 Slow moving emblem required 75.00

     31-23-49 Transportation of gasoline

      passenger vehicle 75.00

     31-23-51 Operating bike or motor vehicle

      wearing ear phones (first offense) 60.00

     31-24-1 Times when lights required through 75.00

     31-24-53 Safety lights required on food

      vending vehicles 75.00

     31-24-5 Headlamp required on motorcycle 75.00

     31-24-31 Flashing lights - permit required 75.00

     31-24-34 Failure to dim lights 75.00

     31-24-45 Red flag required, load projecting

      four feet (4') rear 75.00

     31-25-03 Maximum width of one hundred

      and two inches (102") exceeded 75.00

     31-25-04 Maximum height of one hundred

      sixty-two inches (162") exceeded 75.00

     31-25-06 Maximum number and length of

      coupled vehicles 500.00

     31-25-07 Load extending three feet (3')

      front, six feet (6') rear exceeded 75.00

     31-25-9 Leaking load 75.00

     31-25-11 Connections between coupled

      vehicles 75.00

     31-25-12 Towing chain, twelve inch (12")

      square flag required 75.00

     31-25-12.1 Tow truck - use of lanes (first

      offense) 50.00

     31-25-14(d)(1) Maximum weight and tandem axles 125.00

     31-25-14(d)(2) Maximum weight and tandem axles 125.00

     31-25-14(d)(3) Maximum weight and tandem axles 125.00

     31-25-16(c)(1) Maximum weight shown in registration 65.00

      per thousand

      lbs. overweight

or portion thereof.

31-25-16(c)(2) Maximum weight shown in registration 125.00

      per thousand lbs.

overweight or

portion thereof.

31-25-16(c)(3) Maximum weight shown in registration 1,025.00 plus

$125.00

      per thousand

pounds

overweight or

portion thereof.

     31-25-17 Identification of trucks and truck-

      tractors (first offense) 50.00

     31-25-24 Carrying and inspection of excess load limit 175.00

31-27-2.3 Refusal to take preliminary breath test 75.00

31-28-7(d) Wrongful use of handicapped parking placard 500.00

31-28-7(f) Handicapped parking space violation:

      First offense 100.00

      Second offense 175.00

      Third offense and subsequent offenses 325.00

     31-28-7.1(e) Wrongful use of institutional

      handicapped parking placard 125.00

     31-33-2 Failure to file accident report 45.00

     31-36.1-17 No fuel tax stamp (out-of-state) 75.00

     31-38-3 No inspection sticker 75.00

     31-38-4 Violation of inspection laws 75.00

     31-47.2-06 Heavy-duty vehicle emission inspections:

      First offense 125.00

Second offense 525.00

      Third and subsequent offenses 1,025.00

     37-15-7 Littering 55.00

     39-12-26 Public carriers violation 75.00

SPEEDING

      Fine

     (A) One to ten miles per hour (1-10 mph)

in excess of posted speed limit $85.00

     (B) Eleven miles per hour (11 mph) in excess

of posted speed limit with a fine of

ten dollars ($10.00) per mile in excess 195.00

     of speed limit shall be assessed. minimum

      (b) In addition to any other penalties provided by law, a judge may impose the following

penalties for speeding:

      (1) For speeds up to and including ten miles per hour (10 mph) over the posted speed

limit on public highways, a fine as provided for in subsection (a) of this section for the first

offense, ten dollars ($10.00) per mile for each mile in excess of the speed limit for the second

offense if within twelve (12) months of the first offense, and fifteen dollars ($15.00) per mile for

each mile in excess of the speed limit for the third and any subsequent offense if within twelve

(12) months of the first offense. In addition, the license may be suspended up to thirty (30) days.

(2) For speeds in excess of ten miles per hour (10 mph) over the posted speed limit on

public highways, a mandatory fine of ten dollars ($10.00) for each mile over the speed limit for

the first offense, fifteen dollars ($15.00) per mile for each mile in excess of the speed limit for the

second offense if within twelve (12) months of the first offense, and twenty dollars ($20.00) per

mile for each mile in excess of the speed limit for the third and subsequent offense if within

twelve (12) months of the first offense. In addition, the license may be suspended up to sixty (60)

days.

      (c) Any person charged with a violation who pays the fine administratively

pursuant to chapter 8.2 of title 8 shall not be subject to any additional costs or assessments,

including, but not limited to, the hearing fee established in section 8-18-4 or assessment for

substance abuse prevention.

 

     SECTION 3. This act shall take effect upon passage.

     

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