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Accident Prevention Bureau
Lieutenant Thomas Calouro
Officer-in-Charge
Contact Number (401) 767-8861
Email

 

The primary duty of the Accident Prevention Bureau is the enforcement of all city and state laws and ordinances governing traffic safety and accident investigation. The Bureau investigates all serious accidents that occur in the city. Officers assigned to the bureau specialize in traffic enforcement and accident investigation. The Bureau is staffed with a Lieutenant, two patrol officers and one civilian clerk.

The Accident Prevention Bureau supervises the Maintenance Division. The division consists of three personnel and is responsible for the installation, repair, and replacement of all traffic signs. The division also installs painted crosswalks and all street and curb markings.


VIN Checks

VEHICLE: 2001 AND NEWER
PLEASE HAVE THE FOLLOWING
* TITLE IF A NEW PURCHASE - MUST BE ORIGINAL
OR A BANK CERTIFIED COPY OF FRONT/BACK*
*ACTIVE OUT OF STATE REGISTRATION IF TRANSFER*
*BILL OF SALE / GIFT LETTER / POWER OF ATTORNEY*
*LETTER FOR LEASE VEHICLES*
*PROOF OF RI RESIDENCY*
VIN CHECKS WILL BE PERFORMED AFTER ALL POLICE MATTERS ARE HANDLED
***WEATHER PERMITTING ***
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WOONSOCKET RESIDENTS $10
NON RESIDENTS $20
*THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS*
CHECK / MONEY ORDERS ONLY
Payable to "City of Woonsocket"
***NO CASH ACCEPTED***


I received a traffic ticket, what are my options?



If you have received a traffic ticket, know your options...
1 . You can pay the full amount you owe by mail if-
(A) You have not received 3 or more traffic summonses within the past 12 months.
(B) You have not been found guilty of a moving violation within the past 6 months.
(C) You have not been charged with speeding 25 mph over the posted speed limit.
(D) A hearing is not otherwise required for this violation.


2. What is the advantage of paying your fine by mail?
If you pay your fine by mail you will not have to appear in court, and you will not have to pay the court costs of $35.00 that will be added to your fine if you do go to court. 

 
3. What is the disadvantage of paying by mail?
If you appear in court and are eligible, you may have your violation dismissed under the "good driving record" provision. Be aware that even if your violation is dismissed under this provision, you will still have to pay court costs of $35.00


If your ticket requires you to appear in court, be sure to check the address, date and time for appearance and go to the right location.


How do I get an accident report?

 


If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident in the City of Woonsocket and need an accident report, it will not be available for the next 24 hours.

When the report is available, you may pick up a copy at the police station from:

9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Monday through Friday (Except Holidays)

Check or Money Order for $4.00

Payable to 'City of Woonsocket'

We will mail a report to you if you send a WRITTEN REQUEST and enclose a SELF-ADDRESSED STAMPED ENVELOPE and a CHECK or MONEY ORDER for $4.00.
A state accident form must be filed with the RI Division of Motor Vehicles within 21 days of any motor vehicle accident resulting in death, personal injury or damage to the property of any one person in excess of $1000.00.


State accident forms are available at the police station and online on this web site.


 



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