Title 31
Motor and Other Vehicles

Chapter 13
Traffic Control Devices

R.I. Gen. Laws § 31-13-1

§ 31-13-1. State traffic commission — Manual of traffic control devices.

(a) There is established a state traffic commission consisting of the superintendent of state police or his or her designee from within the department of state police, the director of the department of revenue or his or her designee from within the division of motor vehicles, the director of the department of transportation or his or her designee from within the department of transportation, the governor’s representative to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or his or her designee, and a member of the public appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate, with respect to which appointment the governor shall solicit and give due consideration to the recommendation of the Rhode Island Police Chief’s Association. The commission shall elect from among the members a chair and such other officers as it deems necessary.

(b) For the purpose of standardization and uniformity, the commission shall adopt and cause to be printed for publication a manual of regulations and specifications establishing a uniform system of traffic control signals, devices, signs, and marking consistent with the provisions of this chapter for use upon the public highways. The commission shall establish the traffic regulations under chapters 12 — 27 of this title. The commission shall meet not less frequently than monthly. The department of transportation shall provide all staff services and quarters required by the commission.

(c) Within ninety (90) days after the end of each fiscal year, the commission shall approve and submit an annual report to the governor, the speaker of the house of representatives, the president of the senate, and the secretary of state, of its activities during that fiscal year. The report shall provide: an operating statement summarizing meetings or hearings held, including meetings minutes, subjects addressed, decisions rendered, applications considered and their disposition, rules or regulations promulgated, studies conducted, policies and plans developed, approved, or modified, and programs administered or initiated; a consolidated financial statement of all funds received and expended including the source of the funds, a listing of any staff supported by these funds, and a summary of any clerical, administrative or technical support received; a summary of performance during the previous fiscal year including accomplishments, shortcomings and remedies; a synopsis of hearings, complaints, suspensions, or other legal matters related to the authority of the counsel; a summary of any training courses held pursuant to the provisions of this chapter; a briefing on anticipated activities in the upcoming fiscal year, and findings and recommendations for improvements. The report shall be posted electronically on the websites of the general assembly and the secretary of state pursuant to the provisions of § 42-20-8.2. The director of the department of transportation shall be responsible for the enforcement of the provisions of this subsection.

(d) To conduct a training course for newly appointed and qualified members within six (6) months of their qualification or designation. The course shall be developed by the chair of the commission, be approved by the commission, and be conducted by the chair of the commission. The commission may approve the use of any commission and/or staff members and/or individuals to assist with training. The training course shall include instruction in the following areas: the provisions of chapter 46 of title 42, chapter 14 of title 36, and chapter 2 of title 38; and the commission’s rules and regulations. The director of the department of transportation shall, within ninety (90) days of the effective date of this act [June 16, 2006], prepare and disseminate training materials relating to the provisions of chapter 46 of title 42, chapter 14 of title 36, and chapter 2 of title 38.

History of Section.
P.L. 1950, ch. 2595, art. 22, § 1; G.L. 1956, § 31-13-1; P.L. 1968, ch. 113, § 1; P.L. 1970, ch. 5, § 1; P.L. 1970, ch. 111, § 4; P.L. 1971, ch. 7, § 1; P.L. 1975, ch. 259, § 1; P.L. 2006, ch. 103, § 4; P.L. 2006, ch. 144, § 4; P.L. 2008, ch. 98, § 13; P.L. 2008, ch. 145, § 13; P.L. 2011, ch. 46, § 1; P.L. 2011, ch. 50, § 1.