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 Rhode Island Driver’s Manual
A Message from the Governor
Dear New Motorist,Welcome to the roadways of Rhode Island. Although we are a small state, our streets andhighways can be challenging. Many of today’s roads evolved from colonial days and meander ratherthan follow straight lines. Whether we are traveling on narrow suburban streets or interstatehighways, we all share the road with fellow drivers, and we are all responsible for our safety and thesafety of others.The State of Rhode Island has created laws to regulate driving behavior in order to provide asafe driving environment. Requirements for adults to wear seatbelts, to place children aged seven oryounger in appropriate car seats in the back seat of a vehicle, and to obey traffic lights and trafficsigns are all part of this effort.Another important safety element is the prohibition against drunk driving. You should knowthat state law now makes driving with a blood alcohol level of .08% a crime rather than a civiloffense. Drunk driving by anyone of any age is a serious offense since it may easily endanger thelives of many people.Following the rules of the road, with safety as the first concern, should enable all drivers toenjoy the privilege in the Ocean State.Best wishes,Donald L. CarcieriGovernor
 Rhode Island Driver’s Manual
The Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is a governmental agency within the Department of Revenuefor the State of Rhode Island. Under the direction of the Administrator (“Registrar”), the Divisionadministers motor vehicle and transportation related laws, specifically Motor Vehicle Titling,Registration and Licensing Laws, Transportation Safety Laws, Motor Vehicle Franchise Dealer andManufacturer laws, and other Motor Vehicle-related laws and regulations as directed by the Registrarfor the State of Rhode Island. The division is responsible for motor vehicle registration, testinglicensing of motor vehicle operators, inspection of motor vehicles, enforcement of laws relating to theissuance, suspension, and revocation of motor vehicle registrations and driver’s license, andadministration of the financial responsibility law.CCRI is New England’s largest comprehensive community college with more than 16,000 studentsenrolled in credit classes each semester and thousands more in job-training and personal enrichmentclasses. CCRI has full-service campuses in Warwick, Lincoln, Providence, and Newport County.The Community College of Rhode Island is responsible for the administration of the majority of the traffic safety education programs in Rhode Island that provide services to nearly 20,000 residentsannually. Under the auspices of the Rhode Island Office of Higher Education, the college operates thestatewide Driver Education and Motorcycle safety programs; manages the state’s two primary driverre-training programs, the DWI course and the defensive driving course; and administers all federalCommercial Driver’s License and School Bus Driver road tests. The college also provides classroomtraining and re-certification for all of Rhode Island’s School Bus Drivers.For information on any of these programs, contact the Division for Lifelong Learning at CCRI at825-2000 or visit our website atwww.ccri.edu/lifelong. 

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