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 (see below), 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 has another law that requires
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.