Hands Free Law PSA

Rhode Island gone hands-free when it comes to drivers and cell phones. The new law prohibits any driver use of hand-held wirelesses communication devices.

What is not allowed: Driver will not be able to 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 will be 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.

Read more at RI DOT.