Rhode Island General Laws Title 31. Motor and Other Vehicles § 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 may vary according to the severity of the offense, or punishment that 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 SCHEDULE

Sections of

Total

General Laws

Fine

8-8.2-2

DOT, DEM, or other agency and department Violations

$85.00

24-10-17

Soliciting rides in motor vehicles

85.00

24-10-18

Backing up prohibited

85.00

24-10-20

Park and ride lots

85.00

24-12-37

Nonpayment of toll

100.00

31-3-12

Visibility of plates

85.00

31-3-18

Display of plates

85.00

31-3-32

Driving with expired registration

85.00

31-3-34

Failure to notify division of change of address

85.00

31-3-35

Notice of change of name

85.00

31-3-40

Temporary plates -- dealer issued

85.00

31-4-3

Temporary registration -- twenty (20) day bill of sale

85.00

31-10-10

Rules as to armed forces license

85.00

31-10-30

Driving on expired license

85.00

31-10-32

Notice of change of address

85.00

31-10.1-4

No motorcycle helmet (operator)

85.00

31-10.1-5

Motorcycle handlebar violation

85.00

31-10.1-6

No motorcycle helmet (passenger)

85.00

31-10.1-7

Inspection of motorcycle required

85.00

31-12-12

Local motor vehicle ordinance

85.00

31-13-04

Obedience to devices

85.00

31-13-6(3)(i)

Eluding traffic light

85.00

31-13-09

Flashing signals

85.00

31-13-11

Injury to signs or devices

85.00

31-14-1

Reasonable and prudent speed

95.00

31-14-03

Condition requiring reduced speed

95.00

31-14-09

Below minimum speed

95.00

31-14-12

Speed limit on bridges and structures

95.00

31-15-1

Leaving lane of travel

85.00

31-15-2

Slow traffic to right

85.00

31-15-3

Operator left of center

85.00

31-15-4

Overtaking on left

85.00

31-15-5(a)

Overtaking on right

85.00

31-15-6

Clearance for overtaking

85.00

31-15-7

Places where overtaking prohibited

85.00

31-15-8

No passing zone

85.00

31-15-9

One way highways

85.00

31-15-10

Rotary traffic islands

85.00

31-15-11

Laned roadway violation

85.00

31-15-12

Following too closely

85.00

31-15-12.1

Entering intersection

100.00

31-15-13

Crossing center section of divided highway

85.00

31-15-14

Entering or leaving limited access roadways

85.00

31-15-16

Use of emergency break-down lane for travel

85.00

31-15-17

Crossing bicycle lane

85.00

31-15-18

Unsafe passing of person operating a bicycle

85.00

31-16-1

Care in starting from stop

85.00

31-16-2

Manner of turning at intersection

85.00

31-16-4

U turn where prohibited

85.00

31-16-5

Turn signal required

85.00

31-16-6

Time of signaling turn

85.00

31-16-7

Failure to give stop signal

85.00

31-16-8

Method of giving signals

85.00

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

85.00

31-17-2

Vehicle turning left

85.00

31-17-3

Yield right of way (intersection)

85.00

31-17-4

Obedience to stop signs

85.00

31-17-5

Entering from private road or driveway

85.00

31-17-8

Vehicle within right of way, rotary

85.00

31-17-9

Yielding to bicycles on bicycle lane

85.00

31-18-3

Right of way in crosswalks

85.00 first
violation

$100.00 second
violation or any
subsequent violation

31-18-5

Crossing other than at crosswalks

85.00

31-18-8

Due care by drivers

85.00

31-18-12

Hitchhiking

85.00

31-18-18

Right of way on sidewalks

85.00

31-19-3

Traffic laws applied to bicycles

85.00

31-19-20

Sale of new bicycles

85.00

31-19-21

Sale of used bicycles

85.00

31-19.1-2

Operating motorized bicycle on an interstate highway

85.00

31-19.2-2

Operating motorized tricycle on an interstate highway

85.00

31-20-1

Failure to stop at railroad crossing

85.00

31-20-2

Driving through railroad gate

85.00

31-20-9

Obedience to stop sign

85.00

31-21-4

Places where parking or stopping prohibited

85.00

31-21-14

Opening of vehicle doors

85.00

31-21-18

Electric vehicle charging station restriction

85.00

31-22-2

Improper backing up

85.00

31-22-4

Overloading vehicle

85.00

31-22-5

Violation of safety zone

85.00

31-22-6

Coasting

85.00

31-22-7

Following fire apparatus

85.00

31-22-8

Crossing fire hose

85.00

31-22-9

Throwing debris on highway -- snow removal

85.00

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

85.00

31-22-22(a)

Child restraint/seat belt but not in any rear seating position

85.00

31-22-22(b), (f)

No seat belt -- passenger

40.00

31-22-22(g)

No seat belt --operator

40.00

31-22-23

Tow trucks -- proper identification

275.00

31-22-24

Operation of interior lights

85.00

31-23-1(b)(2)

U.S. department of transportation motor carrier safety rules and regulations

Not less than
$85.00
or more than $500.00

31-23-1(e)(6)

Removal of an “out of service vehicle” sticker

125.00

31-23-1(e)(7)

Operation of an “out of service vehicle”

100.00

31-23-2(b)

Installation or adjustment of unsafe or prohibited parts, equipment, or accessories:

(first offense)
250.00

(second offense)
500.00

(third and subsequent
offenses)
1,000.00

31-23-4

Brake equipment required

85.00

31-23-8

Horn required

85.00

31-23-10

Sirens prohibited

85.00

31-23-13

Muffler required

85.00

31-23-13.1

Altering height or operating a motor vehicle with an altered height

85.00

31-23-14

Prevention of excessive fumes or smoke

85.00

31-23-16

Windshield and window stickers (visibility)

85.00

31-23-17

Windshield wipers

85.00

31-23-19

Metal tires prohibited

85.00

31-23-20

Protuberances on tires

85.00

31-23-26

Fenders and wheel flaps required

85.00

31-23-27

Rear wheel flaps on buses, trucks and trailers

85.00

31-23-29

Flares or red flag required over four thousand pounds (4,000 lbs.)

85.00

31-23-40

Approved types of seat belt requirements

85.00

31-23-42.1

Special mirror -- school bus

85.00

31-23-43

Chocks required (1 pair) -- over four thousand pounds (4,000 lbs.)

85.00

31-23-45

Tire treads -- defective tires

85.00

31-23-47

Slow moving emblem required

85.00

31-23-49

Transportation of gasoline -- passenger Vehicle

85.00

31-23-51

Operating bike or motor vehicle wearing ear phones

85.00 (first
offense)

95.00 second
offense

140.00 for the
third and each
subsequent offense

31-24-1

Times when lights required

85.00

through

31-24-54

31-25-03

Maximum width of one hundred and two inches (102″) exceeded

85.00

31-25-04

Maximum height of one hundred sixty-two inches (162″) exceeded

85.00

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

85.00

31-25-9

Leaking load

85.00

31-25-11

Connections between coupled vehicles

85.00

31-25-12

Towing chain, twelve inch (12″) square flag required

85.00

31-25-12.1

Tow truck -- use of lanes (first offense)

85.00

second offense

95.00

100.00 for the
third and each
subsequent offense

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)(2)

Maximum weight shown in registration

85.00 per thousand lbs. overweight or portion thereof.

31-25-16(c)(3)

Maximum weight shown in registration

125.00 per thousand lbs. overweight or portion thereof.

31-25-16(c)(4)

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)

85.00

(second offense)

95.00

125.00 for the third and subsequent
offenses

31-25-24

Carrying and inspection of excess load limit

175.00

31-25-27(c)

Maximum axle

3,000.00 (first
offense)
not to exceed 5,000.00 for each and every subsequent offense

31-25-30

Maximum axle Pawtucket River Bridge and Sakonnet River Bridge

3,000.00 (first
offense) not to
exceed 5,000.00 for each and every subsequent
offense

31-27-2.3

Refusal to take preliminary breath test

85.00

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

85.00

31-36.1-17

No fuel tax stamp (out-of-state)

85.00 and not exceeding ($100) for subsequent offense

31-38-3

No inspection sticker

85.00

31-38-4

Violation of inspection laws

85.00

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 not less than

55.00 not more than five hundred
dollars ($500)

39-12-26

Public carriers violation

300.00

SPEEDING Fine

SPEEDING

Fine

(A)

One to ten miles per hour (1-10 mph)
in excess of posted speed limit

$ 95.00

(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
of speed limit shall be assessed.

205.00 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) Except for a technology surcharge assessed in accordance with § 8-15-11 , any person charged with a violation who pays the fine administratively pursuant to chapter 41.1 of title 31 shall not be subject to any additional costs or assessments, including, but not limited to, the hearing fee established in § 8-18-4 .


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