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Zero tolerance for alcohol-impaired drivers this Fourth of July says state police

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  by Shannon O'Hara

RI State Police are calling 4th of July weekend one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to alcohol-impaired drivers.

To ensure safety, they are warning residents of their zero tolerance for impaired drivers this upcoming weekend.

The police are using their ongoing slogan, “DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER”  to enforce the continued crackdown to catch and arrest impaired drivers.

Troopers will also be working with the Bristol Police Department to ensure safety for all citizens attending the fireworks and parade in Bristol.

In addition to increased safety on roads, the State Police Marine Unit will be patrolling the waters looking for boats being operated by reckless or impaired drivers.

Also, town ordinances pertaining to open containers and alcohol related violations will be strictly enforced.

Police are urging all drivers to help reduce injury and loss on our highways by:

• Planning ahead; Designate a sober driver before going out and give your keys to that person.

• If you are impaired, call a taxi or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely.

• Immediately report impaired drivers you see on the roadways to law enforcement by pulling over and dialing 911 or *77 on your cell phone.

• Make sure everyone in your vehicle wears their safety belt; it is your best defense against an impaired or distracted driver.

• If celebrating the holiday on the water, ensure everyone is wearing an approved life jacket and don’t operate a vessel while drinking.

Colonel O’Donnell then said, "The Rhode Island State Police hopes everyone enjoys the holiday and celebrates responsibly. We will deploy extra patrols throughout the state and ask you to dial *77 if you see someone operating that may be impaired or reckless. The life you save may be your own or a loved one." 

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