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Any marriage where either of the parties is an idiot or lunatic is null and void.
Exercising any labor, business, or work, or using any game, sport, play, or recreation, or causing any of the above to be done to or by your children, servants, or apprentices on the first day of the week (Sunday) results in a penalty of $5 for the first offense and $10 for the second.
Impersonating a town sealer, auctioneer, corder of wood, or a fence-viewer is against the law. Penalty: $20 to $100 fine.
It is considered an offense to throw pickle juice on a trolley.
It is illegal to challenge someone to a duel, or accept a duel, even it it is never actually fought. Penalty: Imprisonment for one to seven years.
It is illegal to coast downhill in your car with your transmission in neutral, or with the clutch disengaged.
It is illegal to place a windmill within twenty-five (25) rods of any traveled street or road.
Newport: You cannot smoke a pipe after sunset.
Professional sports, except ice polo and hockey, must obtain a license to play games on Sunday.
Providence There is not an appeals process for exemption of property tax due to a disability or poverty.
It is illegal to wear transparent clothing.
Riding a horse over any public highway for the purpose of racing, or testing the speed of the horse is illegal. Penalty: Maximum $20 fine and imprisonment for 10 days.
West Warwick It is illegal to use water on even-numbered days for the sole purpose of watering plants, gardens, or lawns. If you break this law there is a fine of $25-$100
You may not sell toothpaste and a toothbrush to the same customer on a Sunday.
Cap guns are illegal.
Ropes may not be strung across a highway.
No one may bite off another's leg.
Rhode Island recently applied to the US Government to make all the coastal waters of Rhode Island a "No Discharge Zone".
One must make a loud noise before passing a car on the left.
There is not an appeals process for exemtion of property tax due to a disability or poverty. (Providence)
It is illegal to drive down any street with beer in your car, even if it is unopened. (Scituate)
Real Crimes Committed By Criminals


Portsmouth, RI: Police charged Gregory Rosa, 25, with a string of vending machine robberies in January when he: 1. fled from police inexplicably when they spotted him loitering around a vending machine and 2. later tried to post his $400 bail in coins.

Providence, Rhode Island: David Posman, 33, was arrested in Providence, Rhode Island, after knocking out an armored car driver and stealing four bags of money. Each bag contained $800 dollars. However, the bags weighed thirty pounds each since they all contained pennies. The hefty bags slowed the fleeting criminal to a sluggish stagger. Police easily ran down and arrested the suspect.
Updated 16 July, 2011

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