Title 31
Motor and Other Vehicles

Chapter 18

R.I. Gen. Laws § 31-18-11

§ 31-18-11. Walking, jogging, or running on left.

(a) Where sidewalks are not provided any person walking, jogging, or running along and upon a highway shall, when practicable, walk, jog or run only on the left side of the roadway or its shoulder facing traffic which may approach from the opposite direction. Under no circumstances shall anyone walk, run, or jog on any interstate highway within this state.

(b) Any person jogging or running during the time from one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise, shall, in addition, wear reflective material which is visible by low beam headlamps from a distance of at least five hundred feet (500′). In no event, shall the failure to wear reflective clothing be considered as contributing negligence, nor shall the failure to wear reflective clothing be admissible as evidence in the trial of any civil action.

(c) Any person who violates the provisions of this section shall, upon conviction, be fined fifteen dollars ($15.00). If the person has been charged with failure to wear reflective material they shall be issued a citation. If any person issued a citation presents proof of purchase of reflectorized clothing or the minimum amount of reflectorized material to the issuing police department within ten (10) days, the department shall void the violation. Should an individual issued a citation fail to present the proof of purchase within the prescribed time, he or she shall be fined fifteen dollars ($15.00). The fine shall be paid by mail and paid to the traffic tribunal and shall not be recorded on the driving record of the violator.

(d) Any person found to have violated the provisions of this section more than once shall, upon conviction, be fined twenty-five dollars ($25.00) for each subsequent conviction.

History of Section.
P.L. 1950, ch. 2595, art. 29, § 6; G.L. 1956, § 31-18-11; P.L. 1984, ch. 298, § 1.