State officials remind drivers to stay safe during MDW

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — With the unofficial start of summer upon us, Rhode Island officials are reminding people to stay safe when behind the wheel.

Rhode Island is known for its high level of traffic fatalities in relation to impaired drivers. Therefore, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, Department of Motor Vehicle, and Rhode Island State Police are encouraging drivers to once again not become another statistic.

On average, there are 27 deadly DUI crashes across the country every single day. During the summer months, that number is closer to 50.

Colonel Ann Assumpico of the Rhode Island State Police says officers will operate on a zero tolerance policy when it comes to arresting impaired drivers.

“When drivers appear to be impaired, we arrest them. Whether it’s State Police or the local police agencies, we arrest them. No excuses, no free passes,” said Col. Ann Assumpico.

Colonel Assumpico says they will be focusing on speeding, driving while impaired, texting, and seatbelt violations.

Police will also be using their mobile blood alcohol testing unit to help them process suspected drunk drivers quicker.

Anyone out this weekend is encouraged to assign a designated driver or to use Lyft, Uber, or a taxi to get to their location.

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