RI House: Get 3 traffic tickets, go to court


Rhode Island motorists who receive three traffic tickets within a year will have to explain themselves to a judge under a proposal endorsed by the state House of Representatives.

The House passed the legislation Wednesday. It would prohibit repeat traffic offenders from paying their fines through the mail and require them to appear in court.

Rep. Donna Walsh is the bill’s sponsor. Walsh, a Charlestown Democrat, says the legislation will ensure that habitually bad drivers have to go before a judge who can impose stiffer penalties for repeat offenses. The measure was prompted by a case last year involving a driver who killed a motorcyclist after running a red light. The driver had a long history of traffic violations.

The Senate is considering similar legislation.

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