Texting while driving bill adds license suspension to punishment

Under a new bill passed by the Rhode Island General Assembly, anyone caught texting and driving could now have their driver's license suspended.

The bill adds the suspension to the list of potential punishments.

Traffic tribunal judges would be able to consider license suspensions in addition to, or instead of other penalties.

First time offenders could either be fined $85 or have their license suspended for up to 30 days, or both.

A second offense is punishable by a $100 fine or a license suspension for up to three months, or both.       

Anyone with three or more offenses could be fined a $125 fine or a license suspension of up to six months, or both.


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