Here are some links to local and national community resources for Rhode Island car seat laws.  The seatbelt and car seat law are the same in this state, and it’s a primary law. No other reason is needed for police to pull over a vehicle.

Everyone in the vehicle is required to be buckled up, including the shoulder strap. This includes kids in booster seats. A driver can be fined if any child over age 8 is not properly buckled. A court appearance is required for a driver of a vehicle with a child under 8 not riding in a car seat or booster seat.

Refer to the links below for more details and information.

State and National Resources for Rhode Island Car Seat Laws

Rhode Island State Police – This page includes both best practices for safety and the Rhode Island car seat laws. It also has phone numbers for area police if you have any questions, and links to additional resources.

Rhode Island Legislature –  Title 31: Rhode Island’s safety belt and car seat law as written.

Rhode Island Hospital – This page covers safety tips for car seats and booster seats.

North Providence Police Department – A 2 page PDF that shows a chart about which car seat to use at each age. It includes tips on correct fit. The second page is a phone number list by city for contacting Rhode Island child passenger safety techs.

Rhode Island Hospital – A great page listing locations and other useful info about local car seat check stations.

nhtsa.gov  – U.S. Department of Transportation / National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website

safercar.gov – A site published through the NHTSA. Parents Central is the child safety section of the site. This is an awesome info packed site, so if you have general questions, definitely stop here.

iihs.org – Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, child safety page

safekids.org – A global organization all about keeping kids safe, especially from preventable injuries or fatalities. Their site includes tips on car seat choice and car seat check events, among other things.