Rhode Island State Police to have extra Troopers and strict enforcement
in place for holiday weekend
The Rhode Island State Police today urged Rhode Islanders to drive safely over the holiday weekend, noting that there will be additional Troopers on the road to enforce traffic laws.
“This is going to be a busy weekend on Rhode Island’s roadways,” said Colonel James M. Manni, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety. “Buckle up, slow down, drive safely and enjoy the Fourth of July responsibly. If you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs and you choose to get behind the wheel of a vehicle, you put everyone on the road in danger, including yourself.”
The Rhode Island State Police will have additional Troopers on patrol throughout this long holiday weekend to strictly enforce driving under the influence laws and all other motor vehicle violations, including speeding, aggressive driving, and distracted driving.
The Rhode Island State Police offers the following safety tips and reminders:
- Don’t drink and drive. If you are heading to a holiday event, make a plan to get home safely.
- Buckle up. Drivers and passengers must wear seatbelts at all times, and children must be properly secured in a child safety seat.
- Don’t text and drive. Rhode Island law prohibits the use of handheld cell phones and other devices, and it is illegal to text and drive. Set up your mapping app before you start your car, pay attention to the road and other motorist.
- Allow extra time. More motorists are expected to travel this long holiday weekend, so allow extra time to get to your destination and avoid driving during peak travel periods, when possible.
- Stay alert. Drowsy driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving.