Rhode Island State Police urging motorists to drive safely during the holiday week
By News Staff
NORTH SCITUATE, R.I (WLNE) – The Superintendent of Rhode Island State Police (RISP) and Director of the Department of Public Safety, Colonel James Manni is reminding all motorists to use care while traveling.
The Rhode Island State Police Department have assigned addition troopers this weekend and on the 4th of July, to enforce motor vehicle laws.
RISP, with other state and local law enforcement agencies are participating in the Crash Awareness and Reduction Efforts campaign. Also known as CARE.
The campaign is seeking to arrest any motorist found driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
The department also says troopers will be vigilant in their enforcement of other motor vehicle violations, including aggressive and distracted driving, and speeding.
The Colonel offers the following safety tips and reminders:
- Don’t drink and drive. If you’re heading to a cookout or other holiday event, arrange for a safe ride home ahead of time
- Buckle up. Drivers and passengers should wear seatbelts at all times.
- Avoid Distractions. Rhode Island now prohibits the use of handheld cell phones and other devices, and it is also illegal to text and drive. Sett up a mapping up before you drive and pay attention to the road and other motorists at all times.
- Allow extra time. More motorists are expected to travel this weekend and, on the holiday, so allow extra time to get to your destination and avoid driving peak travel periods when possible.
- Stay alert. Drowsy driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving. Make sure you are well rested before heading out.