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Colin's Law

Saving Lives and Protecting Communities through Improved Traffic Safety

The College Years

Colin attended Connecticut College, a highly selective liberal arts college. He earned Dean's honors every semester and was selected as a Student Senator by his “Substance-Free” dormitory housemates for two years. He was elected by his classmates to the office of Vice President of the Student Body his Junior and Senior Year. Colin interned for a RI Congressman and assisted his press secretary during his 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 chosen for an internship with the Public Relations Firm, Regan Communications Group of Boston. Six months after his internship at their satellite office in Providence, he interviewed and was selected as 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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