Rhode Island Traffic Tickets Questions & Answers

Q: Apparently my license is suspended for not paying a seatbelt violation ticket. Where would I go to pay this ticket?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Rhode Island on
Answered on Sep 24, 2018
Allison Abilheira's answer
You will have to go to whatever court originally handled the ticket- either the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal or the Municipal Court for the city/town who issued the ticket. Once you pay the ticket, you will then need to go to the DMV to pay the reinstatement of license fee ($151.50) to clear the suspension.

Q: I rcvd a speeding 1-10 over in RI. I have lived in RI for 18 months. My record in VA is clean. Can I qual for safe drvr?

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Answered on Sep 21, 2018
Allison Abilheira's answer
Yes, you would just need to provide the court with a copy of your VA driving record, so that they can confirm that you have maintained a clean record for a total of three years between RI and VA.

Q: I am trying to find out what I owe on my restitution and parking ticket?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Rhode Island on
Answered on Sep 18, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
Contact the municipal court in the town where the ticket was issued. For restitution, contact the court where that was issued and ask for a copy.

Q: First speeding ticket, 10mph over speed limit. Could I request forgiveness under "good driving statute"?

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Answered on Aug 5, 2018
Allison Abilheira's answer
You do not qualify for the good driving record, as you need to have had your license for at least three years to be able to use the good driving statute. However, a judge may allow you to do community service or simply pay Court costs for your first ticket, so that it does not go on your driving record or insurance. You will need to go to court to do this. Do not pay the ticket by mail.

Q: I recieved a notice in the mail my license would be suspended for not paying a ticket, I never recieved a ticket

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jul 18, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
Time to go to court. Best thing to bring with you, a good attorney.

Q: I received a speeding ticket in RI my first violation and I paid it in full before my designated court hearing.

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Answered on Mar 17, 2018
Allison Abilheira's answer
Yes, unfortunately you did. You will need to file a motion to vacate the guilty plea. You will be given a hearing date and on that date you can explain and ask to use the good driving record.

Q: Can police still issue citation after over a month of not contacting us about incident?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Traffic Tickets for Rhode Island on
Answered on Mar 3, 2018
Bernard P. Healy's answer
I do not have sufficient information to answer this question fully or accurately. I think the answer is not one you will want hear. The Police can issue a citation after over a month, despite not contacting you earlier. You mentioned that this was a single car collision. Did the police arrive at the scene ? Was a report initially filed ? Was there a question regarding insurance coverage ? It is not at all unusual for the police to issue a citation several months after a collision for failure...

Q: Pulled over going twenty over the speed limit. Officer marked I was only going 5 over the speed limit. First offense.

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Answered on Jan 26, 2018
Allison Abilheira's answer
The judge does not use the "actual/police use" speed to determine good driving eligibility, rather it goes by what the police officer actually charged you with, which in this case is 1-10 mph over.

As long as you have had your license for more than three years and have kept a clean record for the last three years, you will be able to have it dismissed under the good driving statute. You will only be responsible for paying court costs, which are $60.00.

You will need to appear in...

Q: What light color is NOT allowed on a registered automobile. Foglights,halo headlights,etc

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Answered on Jan 22, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
flashing lights are prohibited. See the general laws for more details.

TITLE 31

Motor and Other Vehicles

CHAPTER 31-24

Lighting Equipment and Reflectors

SECTION 31-24-31

§ 31-24-31. Flashing lights – Forward viewing or rotary beam lights.

(a) Flashing lights are prohibited, except on an authorized emergency vehicle, school bus, snow removal equipment, or on any vehicle as a means for indicating a right or left turn. However, the...

Q: Can the City of Providence get the RI DMV to suspend my license for an unpaid parking ticket? What is the law on that?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jan 11, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
Hire an attorney to assist you before(or after) you find you car immobilized by the notorious BOOT.

Q: Will it be easier to hire a lawyer to request 'good driving record' plea?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Rhode Island on
Answered on Oct 24, 2017
Matthew T. Marin's answer
In Rhode Island, a Lawyer can represent you at the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal to enter an admission seeking dismissal under the good driving statute. If you are leaving the Country, it is in your best interest to get your affairs in order with the lawyer well before you leave.

In the alternative, you can seek a continuance on your ticket until you return to the Country. To do that, you would need to talk to the Traffic Court Prosecution Officer with the Police Department that...

Q: Will a judge accept the 3 year clean record if I was a month away from 3 years clean?

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Answered on Aug 15, 2017
Matthew T. Marin's answer
In that situation I believe that it is worth the shot. While you may not be technically eligible for application of the Good Driving Statute, they Prosecutor and the Judge may give you some leeway since you are so close. As always, your best bet is with an experienced traffic court attorney by your side advocating for your.

Q: If someone can't afford the price of the speeding ticket they got are they able to work it off with community service?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Rhode Island on
Answered on Aug 5, 2017
Matthew T. Marin's answer
Unfortunately, the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal does not exchange community service in lieu of court fines and court costs.

Q: My 17 yr old was given a summons for speeding.... what does this mean? Will his license be suspended?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Rhode Island on
Answered on Aug 1, 2017
Matthew T. Marin's answer
If he is 17 years old then he will not be able to use his good driving record. A good driving record requires no moving violations within the past 3 years and he has not been licensed for a full three years at this time.

Given his age and that he was ticketed going 30 mph over the speed limit, there is a realistic possibility that the Traffic Court could seek to suspend his license. Moreover, even if he simply pays the fine he (and you) will be looking at substantially increased...

Q: If I was pulled over for speeding in RI, and I'm from MA, can I pay the ticket online?

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Answered on Jul 27, 2017
Matthew T. Marin's answer
No, currently you cannot pre-pay your ticket online. You can pay the ticket by mail with a check and you can attempt to call the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal (401-275-2700) with your ticket number and pay it by phone. The State is upgrading the computer system and you may be able to pre-pay online in the future.

Q: Pulled over told my license was suspended for failure to pay a ticket from 1993. What should I do

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Answered on Jul 26, 2017
Neville Bedford's answer
Retain an attorney to assist you in getting this resolved.

Q: I was pulled over for suspended registration due to lack of insurance. I have court this Thursday. What if I do not hav

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jun 25, 2017
Neville Bedford's answer
You will most likely be adjudged guilty of the offense charged.

Q: Rhode Island: I had been pulled over for a expired inspection. It ran out 12/16 and got pulled over 3/10/17.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Rhode Island on
Answered on May 3, 2017
Neville Bedford's answer
You will likely need to go to court and show them the inspection printout.

They have a computer system to track the inspections now and if you do not comply, you may receive a notice of suspension

Q: If I pay my ticket one day before the actual court date do I still need to attend court?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Rhode Island on
Answered on May 3, 2017
Neville Bedford's answer
Not if the ticket provides for a pay by mail option. If the dates are close, you might want to confirm the receipt of the payment before the court date or go "just to be sure"

Q: When driving a motor with the learner permit should someone with license be always with me while im driving

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Rhode Island on
Answered on May 3, 2017
Neville Bedford's answer
Read that rule book you got with your permit. It's important.

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