Generally, text messaging and all other handheld device use while driving is banned in Rhode Island. Read about the specifics of what the distracted driving laws prohibit and the penalties for a cellphone or texting ticket.
In addition to presumed speed limits, Rhode Island's "basic speed law" provides that no person shall drive at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions and having regard to the actual and potential hazards then existing.
Rhode Island drivers who get caught running a stop sign or stop light will likely have to pay a fine. This article gives an overview of what drivers can be ticketed for and some of the specific consequences of a stop sign or red light citation.
Rhode Island prohibits driving without a valid license as well as driving while suspended or revoked. This article explains how the law defines these violations, the possible penalties for a conviction, and the exemptions to the license requirement.