Newport history

On August 28, 1904, the nation’s first jail sentence for speeding in an automobile was handed down in Newport, RI.

Judge Darius Baker imposed the offender to a sentence of five days for traveling at 15 miles per hour.

A jail term was especially harsh because automobile traffic laws were still new. Although laws against galloping horses and speeding carriages had been on the books in America since 1678, the first automobile traffic code wasn’t implemented until 1903.

Editor’s Note – Some sources report the sentence could have been on August 27th, 1904.


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Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).

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