A bill that makes it a felony to attack a food delivery driver is headed to the Rhode Island governor for her signature.
Lawmakers on Wednesday approved the bill, which was prompted by assaults on pizza delivery people in Providence.
If signed by the governor, attacks on delivery drivers would be punishable by up to three years in prison and a $3,000 fine, stiffer penalties than an assault charge alone. Punishment would be more severe if a weapon is used that seriously injures the delivery person.
The Providence City Council requested the legislation after more than a dozen robberies last year.
A delivery driver was stabbed and robbed at a Providence apartment complex in December.