In the past 3 years, over 20,000 drivers have been cited for violating the Pawtucket River Bridge axle restriction. These axle restrictions are heavily enforced on the Pawtucket River Bridge, and the fine for violating this restriction is a $3,000 fine for the first offense, and $5,000 for each subsequent offense. If a citation is levied against a commercial driver, the driver’s company may face further fines or sanctions.
In general, the axle restriction is not necessarily common knowledge for out of state drivers. Many times, these drivers do not know of the restriction, and cannot stop or change course when approaching the Pawtucket River Bridge. Troopers will often wait on the other side of the bridge, and then pull over trucks that have violated the axle restriction by going over it to get to the other side.
While this axle restriction on the Pawtucket River Bridge has been implemented in the name of public safety, the consequences of unknowingly violating the axle restriction can be financially devastating.
If you have been cited by a Rhode Island police officer for violating the axle restriction on the Pawtucket River Bridge, you should contact an experienced Rhode Island criminal defense attorney immediately. Attorney John R. Grasso is a former police officer and successful criminal defense attorney who will use his unique experiences to defend your citation and fines.
With Attorney John R. Grasso defending you, you can rest assured your criminal defense attorney will aggressively defend your rights and work tirelessly to reduce or dismiss your Pawtucket River Bridge citation.