R.I. Gov. Vetoes Giving Drivers Extra Day to Provide Insurance Proof

June 26, 2007

Siding with State Police who said it would create an “unnecessary and burdensome increase in paperwork,” Rhode Island Gov. Don Carcieri for the second year has vetoed a bill to give motorists who are ticketed for not carrying proof of insurance a day to present such proof.

Under the bill, police would have been required to hold tickets for failing to have proof of insurance for a day before submitting them to traffic court, allowing motorists the time to produce their proof of insurance.

Carcieri cited police concerns that the added day would complicate the current system under which hard copies of citations are sent to court once a week.

Carcieri said the proposal would also impede current plans by the State Police to modernize its ticket procedures through electronic filing.

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