The Rhode Island State Police have beefed up patrols, cracking down on drunken drivers. State police are also pulling over drivers for texting and driving and not wearing a seat belt.
Lt Col. Michael Winquist of the state police said there have been more DUI arrests this year than last year, and that’s not counting this week, which is the busiest week of the year. “Every year it seems like we get this message out and unfortunately some people just don’t get the message,” said Winquist. “So we want to get the message out strong and clear we’ll have zero tolerance for anybody that chooses to drink and drive.”
Winquest said there were more than 500 DUI arrests in 2013, that’s about 80 more than in 2012.
State police said drivers arrested for drinking and driving will spend a night in jail and face hundreds to thousands of dollars in fines, and in some cases lose their license for up to five years.
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