Reckless Driving

Rhode Island General Law 31-27-4 prohibits reckless driving and/or other offenses against public safety.  Reckless, is considered driving “so that the lives or safety of the public might be endangered” or driving in an effort to elude or flee from the police.  Driving with clear disregard for the safety of others (i.e. driving on the opposite side of the road, very excessive speed in a residential area, or driving on a sidewalk) may result in a moving violation and an additional charge of reckless driving.

Anyone convicted under this statute is guilty of a misdemeanor for the first offense and a felony for the second and each subsequent offense.