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 Island’s 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
The DOT's Office on 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
Primary Seat Belt Law
Rhode Island has a new primary seat belt law which went into effect on June 30, 2011. Previously, Rhode Island had a secondary law, which only allowed law enforcement officers to cite motorists for not buckling up if they had been pulled over for another reason.
More than 30 states have primary seat belt laws, including Maine and Connecticut. Since Connecticut changed its law from a secondary to a primary offense, the state reports it has experienced its highest level of safety belt compliance.
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.
Texting & Distracted Driving
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.
The Rhode Island Highway Safety Performance Plan serves as the State of Rhode Island’s 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.
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 than 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.
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.
Seat Belt Grant Program
RIDOT is working to award grants to community-based organizations for seat belt education campaigns. Click here to learn more.
RIDOT & Motorcycle Safety
RIDOT and CCRI partnered to bring the first ever Motorcycle Skills Revival Rally to Rhode Island on Saturday April 28, 2012.
A dozen licensed riders, of all abilities, came to refresh their skills with the assistance of three of CCRI’s finest Rider Coach Trainers. The newest riders had been riding for one month, and the most seasoned rider had been riding for 20 years. When asked why the seasoned rider attended he said, “The day I can’t learn something new is the day I hang up my helmet and stop riding.”
All participants were very excited and said they enjoyed the opportunity to revive their riding skills after a winter hiatus. CCRI and RIDOT look forward to hosting this event again next year.
RIDOT's efforts to promote safe motorcycling include public service commercials. Check out billboards promoting motorcycle awareness and safety. RIDOT also offers a list of helpful tips for riders.
Click on the video below to hear from riders about they value of wearing helmets and proper gear:
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.
2006-2012 Motorcycle Fatalities
# Un-Helmeted Riders
% of Un-Helmeted Riders
Bike Safety Day 2011
The RIDOT Office on Highway Safety, Governor Chafee and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management welcomed nearly 800 youngsters to Bike Safety Day on August 1, 2011.