TITLE 12
Criminal Procedure

CHAPTER 12-14
Payment of Traffic Fines

SECTION 12-14-9


§ 12-14-9 Violations of Lincoln ordinances.

A person charged with a violation of any provision of the ordinances relating to traffic, ordained by the town council of the town of Lincoln, except as provided in this section, and notified in writing by a police officer to appear on a day and hour stated in the notice to answer the charge before the district court for the fifth division, instead of personally appearing in court, may in person or by one duly authorized by him or her in writing appear at the Lincoln town clerk's office admit the truth of the charge and pay to the town clerk one dollar ($1.00) for the first violation, two dollars ($2.00) for the second violation, and three dollars ($3.00) for the third violation committed within the consecutive period of twelve (12) months next preceding the date of the violation; provided, that operators of cars registered out of the state may pay fines by mailing the tag and the amount of the fine, within three (3) days from the violation, if it is a first violation, or within three (3) days of receipt of notice from the officer in charge of traffic violations that the violation is a second or third violation, as the case may be, by certified mail postage prepaid, addressed to the town clerk, town clerk's office, Lincoln, Rhode Island. Failure to appear and pay the fine or to mail the tag and the amount of the fine within three (3) days of the notice shall be deemed a waiver to dispose of the charge without personal appearance before the district court; provided, that person charged with passing a red light, stop signal, and/or the manual signal to stop of a properly authorized police officer may appear before the town clerk at the town clerk's office and pay to him or her the sum of five dollars ($5.00) for the first violation and ten dollars ($10.00) for the second violation; and provided, further, that appearance, admission, and payment is made to the town clerk at the town clerk's office within three (3) days of notification, and failure to appear within that time, shall be deemed a waiver of the right to appear and to dispose of the charge without personal appearance in the district court. The payment of the fine in the manner provided in this section shall operate as a final disposition of the charge, and the proceedings shall not be deemed criminal. The notice provided in this section shall indicate the offense charged and shall also contain any information that will enable the person charged to take advantage of the provisions of this section. The right to dispose of a charge without personal appearance in court may not be exercised by any person who in any consecutive period of twelve (12) months next preceding the charge has been three (3) times in the aggregate adjudged guilty by the court, or has admitted the truth of the charges made against him or her of a violation of the ordinance relating to traffic for illegal parking or twice for the traffic ordinance relating to passing a red light, stop signal, or manual signal of an authorized officer to stop under the provisions of this section.

History of Section.
(R.P.L. 1957, ch. 131, § 1; P.L. 1969, ch. 239, § 25.)