Saving Lives and Protecting Communities through Improved Traffic Safety
As a Boy Growing Up
Colin was an All-American boy and an outstanding, truly exceptional young man. 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, drawing and building things. He knew about all sort of topics. He often was the first to raise his hand in class and always had the most intelligent answer. He was blessed with an impressive intellect and in grade school he was inducted into the National Junior Honor Society. In high school, he was an Honor student, often a High Honor student each quarter, taking honors and IB level courses and winning the esteemed Claiborne Pell Award.
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.