RI State Police To Step Up Patrols To Curb Drunk Driving This New Years

Dec 29, 2014

State Police say they’ll be beefing up patrols during the upcoming New Year’s holiday.  State Police Colonel Steven O’Donnell is urging motorists not to drink and drive.

RI State Police headquarters
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State Police say they’ll use state Department of Transportation money to add extra patrols around the New Year’s holiday. Troopers will be raising enforcement for speeding, driving while impaired, aggressive driving, and texting while driving, among other offenses.

State Police will also enforce a law requiring motorists to change lanes or slow down when they see emergency vehicles on the roadside. The agency says the need for greater care by drivers can be seen by how more than 46 officers were killed in traffic-related accidents in 2012.

Meanwhile, State Police figures show more than 800 people died across the US as a result of drunk-driving crashes in December 2012.

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