Motorists once shamed with an angry glare for blocking Rhode Island intersections could also now be subjected to a fine.
A new law that took effect Sunday penalizes drivers who enter signal-controlled intersections when there's not enough room on the other end because cars are backed up.
It's meant to stop cars from getting stuck in the middle of an intersection and blocking the passage of other vehicles and pedestrians.
It's called the "Don't Block the Box" law because it also encourages cities and towns to paint a 4-sided box at dangerous intersections.
Fines are $100 for the first violation, $250 for the second and $500 for the third and subsequent violations.
Legislation passed by the General Assembly in June became law in September without the governor's signature.