Highway Safety – What You Can Do

The Office on Highway Safety conducts the state's highway safety efforts. The office works closely with law enforcement agencies throughout the state to promote highway safety and enforce the laws.

Click It or Ticket - Occupant Protection

One of the most important things you can do when behind the wheel is to wear your seat belt. In the five-year span from 2008 to 2012, approximately 130 unbuckled fatalities occurred in Rhode Island. Industry experts agree almost half of these people would have survived had they been wearing their seat belt. That means about 65 people could still be with us today had they been properly restrained.

Learn More » Seat Belt Grant Program


Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over - Impaired Driving

Rhode Island is serious about drunk driving. Throughout the year, RIDOT coordinates with state and local police for special patrols to crack down on drinking and driving.


Drive Now. Text Later.

Rhode Island law prohibits texting while driving for all drivers. Additionally, minor drivers are restricted from using any hand-held device while driving. Across the country, distracted driving is a huge problem. Those texting and driving are 23 times more likely to get into a crash - much higher odds than those driving with a blood alcohol content of .08.

Learn More » "It Can Wait" Texting & Driving Campaign


Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine - Speeding

We work collaboratively with state and local law enforcement to encourage motorists to drive within posted speed limits. Excessive speed is cited in a number of crashes we see each year, especially during bad weather when rain and snow reduce traction and increase stopping distances.


Be Aware! Drive & Ride with Care! - Motorcycle Safety

RIDOT strongly encourages all motorcycle riders - operators and passengers - to wear helmets at all times. More than half of all motorcycle fatalities in Rhode Island involve un-helmeted riders. Plus, about 40 percent of these fatalities involve alcohol impairment.

Learn More » Safety Tips for Riders

Toward Zero Deaths

The Strategic Highway Safety Plan is the blueprint for leading our state Toward Zero Deaths, a national effort to cut traffic fatalities and serious injuries in half by 2030. We believe this goal is consistent with the goal of every road user – to get to his or her destination safely. View the Plan »

Child Passenger Safety

Car crashes are the leading cause of death in children ages 1-12. Most of us think we have our kids in the correct seat, but in reality we often don't.

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