PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island General Assembly has voted to add a driver's license suspension to the list of potential penalties for those caught texting while driving.
Under the legislation, traffic tribunal judges would be able to consider license suspensions in addition to or instead of other penalties.
For the first offense, individuals may be fined $85, have their license suspended for up to 30 days, or both.
A second offense is punishable by a $100 fine, a license suspension for up to three months, or both.
Those with three or more offenses are subject to a $125 fine, a license suspension of up to six months, or both.
State Sen. Susan Sosnowski says the legislation sends a message that the state takes violations seriously.