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Rhode Island ATV Law

Rhode Island

R.I. Gen. Laws § 31-3.2-2. Registration.
Registration required. Safety course required for all first time recreational vehicle buyers, as well as all operators under the age of sixteen (16).

§ 31-3.2-4.1. Operation of snowmobile or recreational vehicle without permission.
No person shall operate any snowmobile or recreational vehicle upon any property or premises owned by another person without the consent in writing of the owner of the property or premises. No person shall operate any snowmobile or recreational vehicle which is owned by another person without the consent in writing of the owner.

§ 31-3.2-7. Operation.
No person shall operate a snowmobile or recreational vehicle upon the roadway shoulder, on the inside bank or slope on any highway in this state, or elsewhere within the right of way, except as provided in this chapter. No snowmobile or recreational vehicle shall be operated at any time within the right-of-way of any interstate highway or freeway within this state. A snowmobile or recreational vehicle may make a direct crossing of a street or highway under certain conditions. ATVs operated on highways must equipped with at least one head lamp and one tail lamp, reflector material of a minimum area of sixteen (16) square inches mounted on each side forward of the handlebars; and with brakes. ATVs may be operated upon a public street or highway other than as provided in an emergency during the period of time when and at locations where snow upon the roadway renders travel by automobile impractical. It is unlawful for any person to drive or operate any snowmobile or recreational vehicles in the following unsafe or harassing ways:

  • At a rate of speed greater than reasonable or proper under all the surrounding circumstances;
  • In a careless, reckless or negligent manner so as to endanger the person or property of another or to cause injury or damage to it;
  • While under the influence of intoxicating liquor or narcotics, or habit-forming drugs;
  • Without a lighted head light and tail light when required for safety;
  • Without the operator and passengers wearing a helmet equipped with a face guard of a type approved by the administrator of the division of motor vehicles.

§ 31-3.2-8. Mufflers.
Every snowmobile or recreational vehicle shall be equipped at all times with a muffler in good working order which blends the exhaust noise into the overall snowmobile or recreational vehicle noise and is in constant operation to prevent excessive or unusual noise, with certain exceptions.

§ 31-3.2-9. Age Restrictions.
No person under sixteen (16) years of age may make a direct crossing of a state highway as the operator of a snowmobile or recreational vehicle. A person sixteen (16) years of age or older, but less than eighteen (18) years of age, may make a direct crossing of a highway only if he or she has in his or her immediate possession a valid motor vehicle operator's license.

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