Extra patrols on highways for holidays
01:00 AM EST on Thursday, December 16, 2010
The holiday season means festive lights — or flashing red-and-blue lights, for motorists who’ve been naughty.
Starting Thursday and continuing every weekend through New Year’s Day, the state police are cracking down on aggressive drivers, distracted drivers and drunken drivers on Rhode Island highways.
Using federal highway safety grants, the state police are putting an extra two to three troopers on patrol Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, through Jan. 2, to enforce the laws against impaired driving, texting while driving and speeding, said Capt. Darren Delaney. All regular patrols will also be extra vigilant, he said.
The weekend before Christmas is designated as National Holiday Lifesaver Weekend, because the holiday season is usually a time of increased travel and alcohol consumption.
These holiday season enforcements are customary, and what the police have noticed is that motorists seem to have responded by being more careful on the roads, Delaney said. “Recently, over the last several years, we’ve seen a drop over the holidays in arrests,” Delaney said. “People are more sensitive to it.”
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