Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee has signed into law legislation allowing motorists in Rhode Island to use their smartphones to offer police proof they have auto insurance.
The bills sponsored by Sen. William Conley Jr. and Rep. Gregg Amore allow drivers to use their phones, tablets or other electronic devices to access their policies as proof of insurance during a traffic stop. Conley calls digital proof of insurance a matter of convenience.
Under the legislation, police are prohibited from viewing any content on the device other than the insurance information.
Chafee signed the legislation on April 18 and the measure is now in effect. There are now 32 states that have adopted laws and/or regulations that allow drivers to show proof of insurance with mobile devices during a traffic stop. They are: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
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