Bill aiming to curb bridge toll violators heads to governor

Millions in free rides on Newport Pell Bridge since gateless tolling began

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island’s legislature has passed legislation aimed at cracking down on bridge toll violators and evaders.

Both chambers passed the measure last week, sending it to the governor.

The bill reduces the number of infractions for a person to be considered a “toll violator,” from 20 to 10. For “toll evaders,” the number drops from 100 to 20.

Violators are reported to the Division of Motor Vehicles. They can’t renew their driver’s licenses and vehicle registrations until unpaid tolls and fines are paid.

Evaders may receive a traffic violation summons to the traffic tribunal and face a license suspension for up to six months, a fine of up to $500, or both.

House Majority Whip John Edwards, a Portsmouth Democrat, and Sen. Louis DiPalma, a Middletown Democrat, introduced the legislation.

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