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Colin's Law

Saving Lives and Protecting Communities through Improved Traffic Safety

Who was Colin B. Foote?


As a boy, Colin had big, bright blue eyes, straight platinum blonde hair, the sunniest smile and the "Gift of Gab". Colin was a great communicator. In grade school he excelled at artwork and building things and knowing about - all sort of topics. His second-grade teacher told me Colin was first to raise his hand in class and always had the most intelligent answer.


As a boy, Colin participated in:

• Cub Scouts

• Boy Scouts

• Youth Soccer

• Little League


Also Participated in Team & Individual Sports:

• YMCA Seals Swim Team

• Downhill Skiing

• Cross Country Skiing

• Snow Boarding

• Snow Tubing

• Skating

Colin Traveled with his Family Visiting:

• Washington D.C.

• Boston

• Philadelphia

• New York City

• San Francisco

• Chicago

• Nevada

• Los Angeles

• Florida

  • Universal Studios

  • Disney

  • Florida Keys

  • St. Augustine

  • The Space Center at Cape Canaveral

• Caribbean

  • Sailed on a 70 ft. yacht

  • Cruise ship

  • Snorkeling

  • Scuba diving

  • Deep sea fishing

  • Water skiing


In Grade School Colin was a serious student and good citizen. He:

• Was inducted into the National Junior Honor Society

• Won first place in the Science Fair

• Volunteered at the YMCA teaching young kids to swim.


In High School

• Colin was always an Honor student and often a High Honor student each quarter, taking honors and IB level courses.

• Colin Participated in:

  • Ski Club

  • JV and Varsity Volleyball

  • Varsity Sailing

  • Model Legislature

  • Home room rep.

  • Secretary of the Student Council

  • Prout Drama Productions

  • Volunteered at the Westerly Adult Day Care

  • South Kingstown Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

  • During Summers, he worked at the Frosty Drew Nature Center in Ninigret Park.


His Academic Achievements, Honors and Awards Included:

• High honors in Grade 10 & 11

• Highest academic average in Environmental Science

• Selected and attended the Rotary Youth Leadership conference

• Finalist for the year 2000 Bates West Point Leadership award

• Selected as a member of the National Honor Society for grades 11 & 12

• Selected as a member of the Rhode Island Honor Society

• Selected and attended the year 2000 Frontiers Program in Science and Engineering at Yale University

• Completion of the 2000 Edmund S. Muskie Scholars Program in History, Politics and Government at Bates College in Lewiston Maine

• Awarded the prestigious Herbert and Claiborne Pell Gold Medal for United States History and receipt of a letter personally from Claiborne Pell congratulating him.

• Prout Ski Club, JV and Varsity Volleyball, Varsity Sailing, Model legislature, Home room rep, secretary of the Student Council, and the Prout Drama Productions. Colin volunteered his time at the Westerly Adult Day Care, South Kingstown Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, and four summers at The Frosty Drew Nature Center in Ninigret Park. Colin was admitted to Connecticut college and was excited to begin college life in this prestigious and highly selective liberal arts college.


Colin was admitted to Connecticut College a very highly selective liberal arts college.

• Colin chose to live in a substance free dorm all four years at college

• He earned Dean's honors every semester

• He was selected as a Student Senator by his housemates for two years.

• Became involved in the Young Republican Club, inviting guest speakers to campus

• He was elected by his classmates for the office of Vice President of the Student Body.

• The summer of his junior year he interned for Congressman Patrick Kennedy and assisted his press secretary during Patrick's re-election campaign in 2004.

• In May 2005 Colin received his Bachelor's degree, Cum Laude with a double major in History, America Studies and a minor in Film

• After graduation Colin was interviewed and chosen for an internship with the Regan Communications Group of Boston, in their satellite office located in Providence.

• After the six month internship ended he worked as a Substitute teacher in the South Kingstown and Westerly High Schools

• Six months later Colin was notified of a position open at The Regan Communications Group.

• He interviewed and was their first choice to be hired.

• Colin eventually became an Account Manager working on Hospitality and Business Accounts.

• Colin had a very keen mind and was a quick thinker. His knowledge base was vast and this enabled him to work effectively in a demanding and fast paced environment.

Mission Statement

Our objective is very simple - our goal is to save lives and protect communities through improved traffic safety. Our singular focus is on “making our roads safer for everyone’s family and loved ones”. Our initial means to achieve this goal was by researching, monitoring and distributing information about existing and emerging technology for intersections that can reduce injury and deaths and improve driver behavior. Working with residents, the RI DOT and Charlestown, RI Town Council, red light cameras were installed at two dangerous Charlestown intersections, one at the location where Colin was killed. and another 1/4 mile away at a similar, dangerous intersection.


In addition, within three months of Colin's death in 2010, we worked intently with the state legislature to unanimously pass new safe driving legislation, "The Colin B. Foote Act , known as "Colin's Law". This new statute: 

Identified, tracked and adjudicated multiple traffic offenders who

  • Provide up to 60 hours of community service

  • Loss of license of up to a year

  • Pay court costs & fines up to $1,000

As a result, more than 1,000 violators of Colin's Law have been adjudicated and those that complete the program have evidenced less than a 7% rte of reviticism.

We are presently working with the RI DMV and Attorney General's office to ensure that, after 20 years or more of it not being enforced, the state's Habitual Offender statute is re-implemented. In 2021 it was confirmed that the statute had again begun to be enforced.

What We Do

monitoring and distributing information about existing and emerging technology for intersections that can reduce injury and deaths at intersections and improve driver behavior. We also engage in awareness, education and media coverage to inform the public about the benefits of Colin's Law that, according to the courts, police and defense lawyers, have unquestionably reduced the number injuries, and fatalities clearly demonstrating the ability to save countless lives every year.

We're a Non-Profit

ColinsLaw.Org was founded in 2010 by the Foote family in honor and memory of their son, Colin B. Foote. We are registered with the office of the Secretary of State of Rhode Island and have been issued 501(c)(3) approval by the Internal Revenue Service as a not-for-profit organization. ColinsLaw.Org is State-Wide Organization, we exist through tax-deductible contributions and gifts from individuals, private and public organizations. Our members and supporters include those who represent concerned citizens, the traffic safety industry, safety organizations, and individuals who are active in advocating for safer roads through the use of technology.

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