Newport County Police Departments Begin Labor Day Weekend DUI Enforcement Campaign

 Newport County Police Departments Begin Labor Day Weekend DUI Enforcement Campaign
NEWPORT COUNTY — The Police Departments of Newport County, in conjunction with the Rhode Island Police Chiefs’ Association, announce that all of the Police Departments in Newport County will be conducting enhanced DUI patrols this coming weekend.
The campaign begins today, Thursday, Sept. 1, and continues through Labor Day until Tuesday, Sept. 6. It will be held by the Middletown, Newport, Portsmouth, Jamestown, Tiverton and Little Compton Police Departments, as well as the Rhode Island State Police, in cooperation with RIPCA and the Rhode Island Office on Highway Safety.
According to National Highway Safety Transportation Administration (NHSTA), during the 2020 Labor Day Weekend, there were 530 traffic related fatalities across the United States. Of those fatalities, 46% involved a driver who had been driving under the influence. The goal of this campaign is to educate the public on the dangers of driving under the influence and to reduce the number of motor vehicle crashes attributed to impaired drivers.
All Newport County Police Departments will work in collaboration, with some departments teaming up officers throughout the holiday weekend and performing saturation patrols in an effort to detect impaired drivers.
In addition, this DUI initiative will utilize the Providence Police Department’s Breath Alcohol Testing (B.A.T.) Mobile Unit. The B.A.T. Mobile allows officers to have a centralized location to process all DUI arrests, which includes the administering of breathalyzer tests.
Departments will also have trained Drug Recognition Experts (DREs) on hand to further evaluate drivers who may be operating while under the influence of a controlled substance other than alcohol.
Newport County Police Departments will have a strong presence on all roads throughout the holiday weekend. The community is encouraged to call 911 if they observe reckless, erratic or aggressive drivers.

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