Mothers Against Drunk Driving

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More troopers will be out on the roads starting Friday cracking down on drunk drivers.

State Police will roll out two initiatives. The first one starts Friday with troopers looking out for aggressive drivers, drivers who are texting, seatbelt violations, and drunk or impaired drivers. That runs through New Year’s Day.

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.