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Rhode Island receives grant to combat distracted driving

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Olivia Cianci


Rhode Island is one of seven states to receive a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) worth $459,000 to work against distracted driving.

Rhode Island Department of Transportation will use the funds to create a distracted driving prevention program for October of this year. The grant will go towards education, community outreach and increased enforcement efforts.

Rhode Island banned texting while driving back in 2009, and this year the state is requiring tickets regarding texting while driving to go to traffic court.

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