‘Honor patrols’ hit RI roadways in remembrance of lives lost due to drunk driving
WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE)- Drive sober, or get pulled over. The campaign aims to raise awareness on the dangers of drunk and impaired driving. This time around, officers will be out patrolling in honor of a life lost.
Peter Alviti, Director of Rhode Island Department of Transportation, says 44% of accident fatalities this year are the result of DUIs.
“People are continuing to die on our highways from drunk driving and they’re absolutely avoidable crashes,” said Alviti at Wednesday’s press conference at the Warwick Mall.
Alviti said so far in 2021, there have been 60 fatalities.
“They didn’t live to see another Christmas and they didn’t see another new year with us.”
Sidney Wordell, retired Little Compton police chief, now Executive Director of the RI Police Chiefs’ Association said starting Wednesday police officers across the state will run extra patrols and have zero tolerance against drunk or buzzed drivers.
“The tragedies caused by those impaired driving is entirely preventable,” said Wordell.