Axle Violations in RI & MA
Attorney Jay C. Bianco


Pawtucket River Bridge Axle Violations & Tickets

A Rhode Island Traffic Ticket Defense Attorney can save your company thousands of dollars in Pawtucket River bridge tractor trailor traffic fines through either dismissal of the original charges, or reductions in the amount being fined.

According to the law concerning these bridge traffic tickets, it is illegal to drive any vehicle with more than two axles or a combination vehicle with more than 2 axles per unit over either the Pawtucket River Bridge or the Sakonnet River Bridge. The fine for violating these bridge restrictions is $3,000 for the first offense and up to $5,000 for each additional offense.

In the past 3 years, over 20,000 truck drivers have been fined for violating this bridge's weight and axle restrictions. RI Truck Axle weight limit restrictions are heavily enforced on the Pawtucket River Bridge. The reason for this is that original bridgework is heavily rusted and decaying, causing instability in the bridge structure. The 22 ton weight limit imposed by the state at the end of November 2007, kept larger trucks from using the bridge. However, after several months and further support being added to the bridge, the state reduced this limit to 18 tons when more deterioration was revealed on the bridge’s beams.

If you or one of your truck drivers have been pulled over for violating this law contact Pawtucket River Bridge Truck Ticket Attorney Jay C. Bianco for a FREE initial consultation at: (401) 272-5509 or fill out the contact form now.

Pawtucket River Bridge Axle Restrictions

In order to protect the safety of the public and truck drivers alike, the state has imposed hefty fines for truck drivers who do not obey the detour signs for the Pawtucket River Bridge. Truck drivers are often surprised by the detour and do not have the time to stop before going over the bridge. The basic practice for troopers is to wait on the other side of the bridge, near the interstate ramp, where they then pull over truck drivers who have violated the bridge weight restriction by going over it to get to the other side.

These bridge tickets can run into the thousands of dollars for situations where most truck drivers are not aware of the detour. Some trucks may not be in violation of the per axle restrictions, but are caught in the net anyway, leaving out of state companies to pay the fines, or come to the state to defend the charges in person.

If you fail to take the detour in Pawtucket to avoid this weight restricted bridge, or are unaware of the weight restrictions on this bridge until it is too late, hire a RI Traffic Ticket Attorney to fight your Pawtucket River Bridge weight and axle restriction violation tickets for you, and save your company thousands of dollars in fines and legal fees.

Contact Pawtucket and Sakonnet River Bridge Truck Ticket Defense Lawyer Jay C. Bianco for a FREE initial consultaion at:(401) 272-5509 or fill out the contact form now.


Motor and Other vehicles

Size, Weight, and Load Limits

SECTION 31-25-30

§ 31-25-30 Axle restriction on the Pawtucket River Bridge and the Sakonnet River Bridge. [Repealed effective June 12, 2011.]. – (a) It shall be unlawful to transport or operate over or upon the Pawtucket River Bridge or the Sakonnet River Bridge, any single vehicle equipped with more than two (2) axles or any combination vehicle equipped with more than two (2) axles per unit except those listed in this section.

(b) The director of the department of transportation is directed to post signs to limit access as prescribed in subsection (a) of this section.

(c) The following vehicles shall be exempt from the provisions of this section: any and all emergency vehicles, state vehicles, municipal vehicles, truck tractors as defined in § 31-1-4 and Rhode Island public transit authority vehicles.

(d) For the purposes of this section, "carrier" means and includes any company or person who furthers their commercial or private enterprise by use of the vehicle.

(e) Any carrier operating a vehicle or combination of vehicles in violation of this section shall be fined three thousand dollars ($3,000) for the first offense, not to exceed five thousand dollars ($5,000) for each and every subsequent offense.

(f) Nothing in this provision shall waive or modify existing weight restrictions on the bridges as defined in § 31-25-27.

Contact Pawtucket Bridge Axle Restriction Ticket Defense Lawyer Jay C. Bianco for a FREE initial consultaion at:(401) 272-5509 or fill out the contact form now.

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