Operating a Motor Vehicle While Using Hand-held Wireless Communication Device Rhode Island Lawyer

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In the State of Rhode Island, no person is allowed to operate a motor vehicle while using a hand-held personal wireless communication devise to engage in a call while the vehicle is in motion as stated in Rhode Island General Law 31-22-31. Operating a Motor Vehicle While Using Hand-Held Wireless Communication Device is charged as a traffic offense .

In Rhode Island most traffic offenses are heard at the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal. If you are charged with a traffic offense such as operating a motor vehicle while using hand-held wireless communication device you can have an attorney provide legal representation. The skilled attorneys at Ellison Law LLC have represented many clients who have traffic offenses.

What is the definition of a hand-held personal wireless communication device in Rhode Island?

Rhode Island General Laws 31-22-31 states a hand-held personal wireless communication device is a personal wireless communication device that a person uses with at least one hand. If you are found to be using a hand-held personal wireless communication device while operating a motor vehicle in the state of Rhode Island you could be charged with this traffic offense.

How does Rhode Island law define “use” of a hand-held personal wireless communication device?

Per RIGL 31-22-31 the term “use” means you are holding a hand-held personal wireless communication device to or in the immediate proximity of your ear.

What are the penalties for operating a motor vehicle while using a hand-held wireless communication device in Rhode Island?

If you are charged with operating a motor vehicle while using a hand-held wireless communication device in Rhode Island it is considered a traffic violation you could fined no more than $100.

Are there any exceptions in which using a hand-held device is allowed in Rhode Island?

Yes, there are some exceptions in which this statute does not apply. If you are using a hand-held personal wireless communication device for the purpose of communicating an emergency situation to an emergency responder, a hospital, physician’s office of health clinic, ambulance company, fire or police department, or public utility. In addition to this exception, Rhode Island General Law 31-22-31 also states any person who is performing their official duties within the scope of their employment as a peace officer, firefighter, ambulance operator, operator of a taxi cab, tow truck, bus without passengers, or employees or agents of a public utility is exempt from this statute.

Contact an experienced Rhode Island traffic offense attorney today

If you have been charged with being an operator of a motor vehicle while holding a hand-held personal wireless communication device to, or in the proximity of, your ear while the vehicle is moving you should contact Ellison Law LLC who has experienced attorneys who regularly handle traffic offenses at the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal.

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