The State of RI has passed a new seat belt law effective June 30, 2011.
The law is simple; everyone in the car has to be wearing a seat belt. The seat belt has to be on properly that means the shoulder strap has to be across the chest. The fine is $85.00 for each person in the car not wearing the seat belt. The operator is responsible for all fines.
The passage of this law makes not wearing a seat belt a primary violation. The police no longer have to have another reason to stop a motorist before issuing a seat belt violation. The police now only need to see that someone in the vehicle is not wearing a seat belt before stopping the vehicle.
Read the press release announcing passage of the law and its signature by Governor Chafee
View the House bill
View the Senate bill