driving http://ripr.org en Anti Texting and Driving Campaign Brought to South Kingstown High School http://ripr.org/post/anti-texting-and-driving-campaign-brought-south-kingstown-high-school <p>Texting while driving continues to be a leading cause in highway fatalities among young people.</p><div><p>A safety campaign continues in local high schools to raise awareness of the dangers of texting and driving.</p><p></p><p></p><p>About 270 students at South Kingstown High School signed a “pledge wall” on Thursday, promising to refrain from texting and driving.</p><p>The “It Can Wait” campaign is a national effort fronted by AT&amp;T and headed locally by the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office in partnership with the Department of Transportation.</p> Fri, 31 May 2013 16:55:25 +0000 Dylan Weisser 16141 at http://ripr.org Anti Texting and Driving Campaign Brought to South Kingstown High School Proposal Would Require Breath Test to Start Car http://ripr.org/post/proposal-would-require-breath-test-start-car <p>Rhode Island state representative Gregg Amore is proposing a crackdown on drunk drivers.&nbsp; Under a bill he submitted, drivers with a DUI conviction or those who refuse a breath test would be required to have ignition interlock systems installed in their cars. The device requires a driver to submit to a breath test before starting their car. &nbsp;<br><br>Seventeen other states have similar laws, including Connecticut and New York.<br><br>According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, states where ignition interlock programs have significantly reduced recidivism rates.<br> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 13:20:51 +0000 Flo Jonic 11433 at http://ripr.org Palumbo seeks to ban dogs on laps while driving http://ripr.org/post/palumbo-seeks-ban-dogs-laps-while-driving <p>State Representative Peter G. Palumbo, a Democrat from Cranston, has introduced legislation that would ban drivers in Rhode Island from operating a vehicle with dogs on their laps.&nbsp; The legislation would allow tickets to be issued at 85 dollars for a first offense, and up to 125 dollars for third and subsequent offenses.&nbsp;</p><p>Palumbo hopes that the legislation will help curb auto accidents that are the result of distracted driving, likening it to texting and driving.&nbsp; The legislation has been referred for to the House Judiciary Committee for review.</p> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 05:00:00 +0000 John Bender 9641 at http://ripr.org