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Welcome to Rhode Island! As a new driver to this state you will need to be aware of our unique traffic laws and regulations. Here's what you need to keep in mind while driving in Rhode Island. Some of these rules may be the same as what you're already used to, but others will be drastically different!
Rhode Island does not have a point system, but traffic violations are still recorded on your driving record.
You must dim your headlights from high to low beam when you are within 500 feet of an oncoming vehicle, or when within 200 feet of a vehicle traveling ahead of you
You must use your headlights:
There is no specific law allowing or prohibiting headlight flashing.
The Open Container Law prohibits possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in the passenger area of any motor vehicle, by any occupant of the vehicle, on any public highway or right of way, whether or not the vehicle is in motion.
Speeding violations are subject to two times the original fine, whether or not workers are present.
Signal your intention to turn or change lanes at least 100 feet in advance.
Hazard light use is permitted when a vehicle is disabled on any street or highway.
Hazard light use is also permitted whenever a vehicle is parked or stopped upon an unlighted roadway or shoulder adjacent to it, between 1/2 hour after sunset and 1/2 hour before sunrise. Having hazard lights activated meets vehicle lighting requirements for these circumstances.
You are required to pass at a safe distance.
You may not drive off the roadway to pass on the right.