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Rhode Island Riding on Public Roads Statutes

 

 

GENERAL LAWS OF RHODE ISLAND
TITLE 4. ANIMALS AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY
CHAPTER 15. ANIMALS AT LARGE

 

4-15-4 Grazing animals deemed at large.

Every horse, neat-beast, sheep, or hog which feeds or grazes upon any highway or common, or on any land thrown open as a way for public travel and used by the public for travel, is deemed to be going at large.

 

4-15-12 Conveyances found with impounded animals.

If any horse or other animal, attached to any vehicle, sledge, or sleigh, is found at large, abandoned, or with no person in charge of the animal, upon any highway or common, or on any land thrown open as a way for public travel and used by the public for travel, any person authorized under this chapter to impound animals going at large, may impound the vehicle, sledge, or sleigh, together with the vehicle, sledge or sleigh attached and the harness and other property, in one of the public pounds of that city or town. The animal shall be subject to the provisions of this chapter, and the vehicle, sledge or sleigh, harness and other property, shall be held, surrendered or, after thirty (30) days' notice by the town or city treasurer, sold, under the same liabilities, powers, provisions, and restrictions prescribed in this chapter relating to horses and other animals impounded.


TITLE 11. CRIMINAL OFFENSES
CHAPTER 22. HIGHWAYS

 

11-22-11 Testing speed of horse.

Every person who drives any horse over any of the public highways, for the purpose of racing or trying the speed of the horse, shall be fined not more than twenty dollars ($20.00) or imprisoned for not more than ten (10) days.

 

TITLE 31. MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES
CHAPTER 20. SPECIAL STOPS REQUIRED

 

31-20-15 Posting of bridle path signs.

 The department of administration shall in all parks and reservations, and the traffic safety commission shall on all state highways, erect and maintain adequate signs requiring operators of motor vehicles to come to a complete stop at any bridle path where saddle horses may cross the roads in the parks and reservation and/or state highways.

 

CHAPTER 22. MISCELLANEOUS RULES

31-22-25 Approaching horses.

Each operator of a vehicle approaching a horse on a public highway shall reduce speed, proceed with caution and stop if necessary to avoid endangering the equestrian, or frightening or striking the horse. An operator violating the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a civil violation and, upon conviction, shall be fined not more than twenty-five dollars ($25.00) for the first offense nor more than fifty dollars ($50.00) for second or subsequent offenses.


31-22-26 Noise in vicinity of horse. 

No operator of a vehicle in the vicinity of an equestrian and horse may blow a horn, or cause loud or unusual noises, in a manner to startle or frighten the horse. An operator violating the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a civil violation and upon conviction shall be fined not more than twenty-five dollars ($25.00) for the first offense nor more than fifty dollars ($50.00) for second or subsequent offenses.

 

Amended in 1999.
Reviewed and updated by AAHS in May 2003.


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