Rhode Island has a new law that prohibits any driver use of hand-held wireless communication devices.

What is not allowed: Drivers cannot hold a cell phone or other wireless device while operating a vehicle. The use of headphones or other accessories that cover both ears also is not allowed.

What is allowed: Drivers are able to use in-car or other hands-free systems or accessories, commonly using a wireless technology called Bluetooth.

How does it work: If a police officer observes you holding a phone and talking or texting while driving, you will be pulled over and may be fined up to $100. The offense may be waived for first offenders only by showing proof of purchase of a hands-free device.

Why: Distracted driving caused by use of personal electronic devices is a growing problem, leading to needless deaths and serious injuries.

When: The law took effect on Friday, June 1, 2018.

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Effective Friday June 1st, 2018

Hands Free Device Options

Bluetooth Handsfree Wireless Car Speaker - Clip-on


Bluetooth Transmitter with In-Car Charger


Bluetooth Headset with Noise Cancelling Mic