What is the Colin Foote Act in Rhode Island for Multiple Moving Violations?
In 2010, Rhode Island enacted the Colin Foote Act. The law was created to punish habitual traffic offenders and enacted strict penalties. This law essentially says if you get four moving violations within 18 months, you can receive heightened penalties for violating this law. The penalties include a fine of up to $1,000, 60 hours of a driver retraining course, 60 hours of community service, a license suspension of up to 1 year or a license revocation of up to 2 years.
Judges at the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal and the various Municipal Courts take this law very seriously and the prosecution has to prove that you have violated this law by clear and convincing evidence.
The offenses that are prescribed in the law as “moving violations” are the following:
(1) 31-13-4. Obedience to devices.
(2) 31-14-1. Reasonable and prudent speeds.
(3) 31-14-2. Prima facie limits.
(4) 31-14-3. Conditions requiring reduced speeds.
(5) 31-15-5. Overtaking on the right.
(6) 31-15-11. Laned roadways.
(7) 31-15-12. Interval between vehicles.
(8) 31-15-16. Use of emergency break-down lane for travel.
(9) 31-17-4. Vehicle entering stop or yield intersection.
(10) 31-20-9. Obedience to stop signs.
(11) 31-27.1-3. "Aggressive driving" defined.
It is important that you drive carefully, but if you find yourself charged with violating the Colin Foote Act, do not hesitate to contact an experienced traffic ticket lawyer.