Motor and Other Vehicles

Equipment and Accessories Generally

SECTION 31-23-5

§ 31-23-5. Performance ability of brakes.

Every motor vehicle or combination of motor-drawn vehicles shall be capable at all times, and under all conditions of loading, of being stopped on a dry, smooth, level road free from loose material, upon application of the service (foot) brake within the distances specified below, or shall be capable of being decelerated at a sustained rate corresponding to these distances:

  Feet to stop Deceleration
  from 20 miles in feet per
  per hour second per
Vehicles or combination of vehicles
having brakes on all wheels 30 14
Vehicles or combinations of vehicles
not having brakes on all wheels 40 10.7

History of Section.
(P.L. 1950, ch. 2595, ch. 34, § 30; G.L. 1956, § 31-23-5.)