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Lawful Vehicle Stops in Rhode Island

The officer must have stopped the individual based on reasonable suspicion that he or she was driving under the influence. Most likely, the officer would judge the erratic driving of the individual based on traffic violations before issuing a DUI charge. Such traffic violations may be cause to reasonable suspicion:

  • Turning with a wide radius
  • Straddling center of lane marker
  • Almost striking object or vehicle
  • Weaving
  • Driving on other than designated highway
  • Swerving
  • Speed more than 10 mph below limit
  • Stopping without cause in traffic lane
  • Following too closely
  • Drifting
  • Tires on center or lane marker
  • Braking erratically
  • Driving into opposing or crossing traffic
  • Signaling inconsistent with driving actions
  • Slow response to traffic signals
  • Stopping inappropriately (other than in lane)
  • Turning abruptly or illegally
  • Accelerating or decelerating rapidly
  • Headlights off
  • Speeding or other traffic violation
  • Burnt out headlight or taillight
  • Cracked windshield
  • Object suspended from rear-view mirror 

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