From mid-August through Labor Day, Rhode Island State Police, in conjunction with local police departments across the state, will take part in the annual nationwide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown on drunk driving in Rhode Island. The campaign is sponsored by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Department of Transportation Office On Highway Safety. Colonel Steven G. O’Donnell, superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and commissioner of the Rhode Island Department of Public Safety, announced Rhode Island State Police will have additional troopers on the roadways targeting drunk or impaired drivers from Friday, Aug. 16 through Monday, Sept. 2. Drunk and impaired driving enforcement continues to be a vital mission of the Rhode Island State Police.
Every year, about one-third of all motor vehicle traffic deaths involve one or more drunk drivers. In 2011, there were 9,878 people killed in crashes involving a drunk driver. Drunk driving takes a heavy toll on young drivers. Among 18- to 34-year-old drivers killed in motor vehicle crashes during the 2011 Labor Day weekend, 42 percent were alcohol-impaired.
The Rhode Island State Police will also be participating in Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) Labor Day Weekend from Aug. 30 to Sept. 2.
This is a national effort to reduce death and injury on the highways. State and local law enforcement agencies throughout the nation will participate in these efforts to increase enforcement of seat belt infractions, child safety laws, speed enforcement and all other moving motor vehicle violations.
Colonel O’Donnell reminds all motorists that there is no excuse for drinking and driving, only serious consequences.
Motorists are reminded they can immediately report dangerous drivers or hazardous roadway conditions to the State Police by dialing 911 or *77 on their cellular phones.