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RISP increasing patrols for 4th

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By Dana Griffin



RHODE ISLAND- "Hurricane Arthur brought us some heavy rain and that's gonna make the driving more difficult than it normally would," Said RISP Sgt., Jay Gibbs.

Around 3 this afternoon, a car crashed into a wooded area on 295 in Scituate. It's unclear if speed, alcohol, or rain played a role, but at least one person was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries.

According to police, nearly 50% of all fatalities in Rhode Island are caused by impaired driving; this weekend is considered the most dangerous.

Sgt. Gibbs said, "Statistically, the 4th of July just, unfortunately we have a few more fatality accidents."

Aggressive drivers, along with drunk and distracted drivers are who Rhode Island State Police will be looking for.

Gibbs has seen 20–years worth of bad decisions and hopes those planning to celebrate will not get behind the wheel impaired.

"We've had weekends where we've arrested between a dozen and 20 impaired drivers," said Gibbs.

Police say to have a plan before going out, know who's driving, and drive under the speed limit during heavy rain.

State police will be adding up to 16 troopers this weekend, concentrating in the Providence metro-area.

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