RI GL LAW – 31-22-22
*NOTE: Vehicle operator is responsible for compliance of sections (a) (b) and (f) for all passengers.
The fine for being unrestrained is $85
Children under age eight (8) years are exempt from being transported in any rear seating position if:
(i) the vehicle has no backseat (i.e. pickup, sports car)
(ii) all rear seating positions are already being utilized by other children.
NOTE:: In the (ii) situation, the oldest child should ride in the front seat if vehicle is equipped with a passenger side air bag.
The fine for a child riding in the front seat or over 8 years old not in a seatbelt is $85. A violation for transporting a child not in a child restraint system requires an appearance in court.