Rhode Island AIM Attorneys

Raymond A. Pacia
Pacia Law Offices
50 Power Road
Pawtucket, RI 02860-3451

Rhode Island Helmet Law

LIMITED

  • Helmets Required for all riders up to age 21.
  • Helmets Required for novices or permit holders.
  • Helmets required for all passengers.

Other Rhode Island Motorcycle Laws

State Funded Rider Education

  • Available for all eligible applicants.
  • Required for first-time applicants.
  • May waive skills test for successful completion of rider ed.
  • May waive knowledge test for successful completion of rider ed.
  • Eye Protection
  • Required by law.

Passenger Seat

  • Required if carrying a passenger.

Passenger Footrests

  • Required if carrying a passenger.

Mirror

  • Required by law.

Periodic Safety Inspection

  • Required by law.

NCOM Region

REGION VIII : Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont

Anti-Discrimination Law

DISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF CLOTHING OR CLUB MEMBERSHIP IS ILLEGAL

Rhode Island General Laws, Section 11-24-1, (1956, as amended), provides that “All persons within the jurisdiction of this state shall be entitled to the full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities and privileges of any place of public accommodation, resort or amusement subject only to the conditions and limitations established by law and applicable alike to all persons.” Further, any persons aggrieved by any violation of this statute has the right to petition the Rhode Island Commission on Human Rights to induce compliance. RL Gen. Laws Section 11-24-4 (1956, as amended).

The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled in the case of Cohen v. California, 403 U.S. 15 (1971), that persons have the constitutional right under the First Amendment to wear clothing which displays writing or designs. In addition, the right of an individual to freedom of association has long been recognized and protected by the United States Supreme Court Thus, a person’s right to wear the clothing of his choice, as well as his right to belong to any club or organization of his choice is constitutionally protected, and persons or establishments who discriminate on the basis of clothing or club membership may be subject to lawsuit.

Don’t subject yourself to civil and criminal penalties and to expensive and time consuming lawsuits. Don’t discriminate against people wearing colors or motorcycle attire.