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RI News
12:55 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Anti Texting and Driving Campaign Brought to South Kingstown High School

South County high school students in Rhode Island learn about the dangers of texting while driving.
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Texting while driving continues to be a leading cause in highway fatalities among young people.

A safety campaign continues in local high schools to raise awareness of the dangers of texting and driving.

About 270 students at South Kingstown High School signed a “pledge wall” on Thursday, promising to refrain from texting and driving.

The “It Can Wait” campaign is a national effort fronted by AT&T and headed locally by the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office in partnership with the Department of Transportation.

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Politics
8:20 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Proposal Would Require Breath Test to Start Car

Rhode Island state representative Gregg Amore is proposing a crackdown on drunk drivers.  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.  

Seventeen other states have similar laws, including Connecticut and New York.

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, states where ignition interlock programs have significantly reduced recidivism rates.

Politics
12:00 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Palumbo seeks to ban dogs on laps while driving

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.  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. 

Palumbo hopes that the legislation will help curb auto accidents that are the result of distracted driving, likening it to texting and driving.  The legislation has been referred for to the House Judiciary Committee for review.