"A transplanted Rhode Islander, now living in Portland, Oregon tells an amusing story about Rhode Island drivers. Having lived in Oregon's major city for two years and driving there every day, she became accustomed to the good driving habits of the residents of that city and its suburbs, containing a population about 50 percent greater than that of the Providence metropolitan area. She claims that in those two years of driving she was never once frightened by someone cutting into the traffic lane in which she was driving, until recently. And then it happened, the car to her left cut into her lane, without a signal, nearly hitting her car and causing her to jam on the breaks. you guessed it--the car bore Rhode Island license tags."
Smolski, Chester, "In R.I. Bad Driving is a Way of Life" (1995). Smolski Texts. 205.