WOONSOCKET – Thirty-one people are scheduled to appear at the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal today, Oct. 18 to answer Woonsocket Police Department citations for parking their out-of-state registered motor vehicle overnight for more than 30 days in the city.

"This fall sweep is a continuation of the police department's spring sweep which successfully resulted in the issuance of 54 motor vehicle citations," said Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt in a release. "The goal is to more evenly distribute the motor vehicle tax burden among those who are currently paying and everyone who should be paying."

Police Chief Thomas Oates III emphasized the importance of residents providing the city with accurate and up-to-date contact information and the impact it has upon public safety departments.

“This is the second group of violators located and cited this year," said Oates. "As I have stated before, the Woonsocket Police Department will continue to monitor the city of Woonsocket for vehicles in violation of this section of the state's motor vehicle law. This is first and foremost a concern of public safety to have this correct information."

State law requires a vehicle owner to formally update a registration with a change of address within 10 days of moving. The registration should reflect the address where the vehicle is kept.

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