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A Plan Toward Zero Deaths

Governor Lincoln D. Chafee on October 1 signed Rhode Island's 2012 Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP). The plan is a blueprint for moving Toward Zero Deaths, a national effort to cut traffic fatalities and serious injuries in half by 2030. Watch a video on TZD that premiered at the SHSP signing event.

Highway Safety Performance Plan

The Rhode Island Highway Safety Performance Plan serves as the State of Rhode Islandís application for Federal funds for highway safety programs. The goals for the RIDOT Office on Highway Safety are described in the plan, along with performance measures, and strategies related to the program areas.

Major program areas:

Common Seat Belt Questions

Common Child Seat Questions

Highway Safety

The DOT's Office of Highway Safety is part of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, and conducts the state's Highway Safety efforts. The DOT OHS works with law enforcement agencies throughout the State to enhance enforcement of highway safety laws.

Francisco Lovera, P.E.
DOT's Office on Highway Safety
401- 222-2694 Ext. 4205

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over logo Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

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. The current enforcement period runs from August 19 through Labor Day.

    Wet Lab Training

    RIDOT worked with the Rhode Island Department of Public Safety Municipal Police Training Academy to offer the media a glimpse inside what happens when a drug or alcohol impaired driver gets pulled over by a police officer in Rhode Island. This "wet lab" is part of Advanced Roadside Impaired Driver Enforcement Training. Click here to learn more.


    View a Providence Journal Video of the wet lab training

Room to Live: Click it, Don't risk it

WPRI Channel 12 aired this video on November 24, 2009 to illustrate the importance of seat belts and how they saved the life of the occupants of a series crash.

New Child Passenger Safety Law

  • Children under age eight (8) years old, less than fifty-seven (57) inches (4 feet, 9 inches) tall and weighing less that 80 lbs. (max weight limit of a booster seat) must be transported in any rear seating position of a motor vehicle and properly restrained in a child restraint system.
  • Children between the ages of 8 through 12 as a passenger in any seating position shall be properly wearing a safety belt.
  • Click here for more information

Mission: Safety 2010

Logo for Safety 2010 - Engineering Behavior The State of Rhode Island Department of Transportation had the distinct honor of hosting the MISSION: SAFETY 2010 conference, in conjunction with FHWA and NHTSA, on September 19-22, 2010.

The conference was the first of its kind and brought together engineering and behavior modification specialists from all over the country to discuss the common goal: to reduce fatalities and injuries on our highways.

All conference presentations are listed here. Feel free to contact MISSION: SAFETY 2010 Conference Coordinator Despina Metakos at dmetakos@dot.ri.gov or 401-222-3024 Ext. 4096 with any questions.



Click It or Ticket this holiday season

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Award-winning Highway Safety video and audio Public Services Announcements, created by Rhode Island High School students, Spring 2008.

RIDOT & Motorcycle Safety

May is Motorcycle Safety Month! Pawsox Motorcycle Skills Challenge Flyer - follow link for information RIDOT teamed up with the Pawsox for the 1st Annual Pawsox Motorcycle Challenge & Food Drive on May 15. The event will focused on safe driving skills and included a motorcycle show with prizes awarded to the best bikes prior to the start of a game.

RIDOT's efforts to promote safe motorcycling include public service commercials.

View the most recent commercial here.

View RIDOT's first motorcycle commercial from 2007.

Getting the message out: Don't drink and drive


RIDOT and law enforcement officers from throughout Rhode Island organized a press event on October 29 to highlight the purchase of 38 portable electronic message signs for each community to use to help combat drinking and driving.


Child restraints — when and how