State Police to help out on Block Island following fatal crashes

The New Shoreham Town Council discussed the

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Following two fatal crashes within a week of each other, the Rhode Island State Police will be helping the New Shoreham Police Department step up enforcement on their roads.

Troopers will increase enforcement starting this weekend.

“It’s going to be zero tolerance this weekend, and through the days of the rest of this summer,” said Town Councilor Andre Boudreau at an emergency council meeting Monday night.

Since June there have been 44 moped crashes on the island including the most recent fatal.

Two weekends ago there was also a fatal car crash in which the teenage driver was charged with a DUI.

“We’re hoping that this weekend with the extra police presence on the roads is going to seriously curtail these issues,” said Boudreau.

Some town officials pointed out that the recent problems with mopeds likely won’t be solved by increased enforcement alone.

“I think equally important is working together so we make sure that people are adequately trained before they get on these mopeds,” said Bill McCombe of Emergency Management.

“Personally I was hoping that we could vote on a ban on these things until the issues were worked out,” said Boudreau. But it…doesn’t appear that a majority of us are willing to go that route.”

Other council members, saying the council needs to work within the law and continue communicating with the moped operators to come up with solutions.

“To make a move and then end up in court within hours within the same day, have an injunction, is something that maybe some are willing to do and others are trying to work a different way,” said Town Councilor Sven Risom. “So we all – everybody wants a safer Block Island.”

The council will revisit possible rules regarding moped operations at their meeting Wednesday night.

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