Title 31
Motor and Other Vehicles

Chapter 24
Lighting Equipment and Reflectors

R.I. Gen. Laws § 31-24-33

§ 31-24-33. Vehicles stopped on unlighted highways.

(a) Whenever a vehicle is parked or stopped upon a roadway or shoulder adjacent to it, whether attended or unattended, during the hours between one-half (½) hour after sunset and one-half (½) hour before sunrise, and there is not sufficient light to reveal any person or object within a distance of five hundred feet (500′) upon the highway, the vehicle so parked or stopped shall be equipped with one or more lamps meeting the following requirements:

(1) At least one lamp shall display a white or amber light visible from a distance of five hundred feet (500′) to the front of the vehicle;

(2) The same lamp or at least one (1) other lamp shall display a red light visible from a distance of five hundred feet (500′) to the rear of the vehicle; and

(3) The location of the lamp or lamps shall always be such that at least one lamp or combination of lamps meeting the requirements of this section is installed as near as practicable to the side of the vehicle which is closest to passing traffic.

(b) The provisions of subsection (a) of this section shall not apply to a motor-driven cycle.

(c) Violations of this section are subject to fines enumerated in § 31-41.1-4.

History of Section.
P.L. 1950, ch. 2595, art. 34, § 15; G.L. 1956, § 31-24-33; P.L. 1959, ch. 138, § 1; P.L. 2002, ch. 292, § 121.