Rhode Island State Police begin "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" Campaign

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Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety, announces a partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to stop drunk drivers and help save lives. The high-visibility national enforcement campaign, "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" will commence on August 19, 2016 and end on September 5, 2016. During this period, state and local law enforcement will show zero tolerance for drunk driving. Increased state and national messaging about the dangers of driving drunk, coupled with increased troopers and officers on the road, aim to drastically reduce drunk driving on our state's roads. According to NHSTA, on average, over 10,000 people died each year in drunk-driving crashes.  In 2015, 15 lives were lost in the State of Rhode Island because of impaired drivers. "People need to understand that drunk driving is not only deadly, but it is illegal," said Colonel O'Donnell. "Drunk driving is a massive problem in the United States. Drivers need to pay attention to their own driving, but also to others on the road who could be driving drunk," he added. "It is your business.  If you think you see a drunk driver, call 911 and let us know." During the enforcement period, there will be a special emphasis on drunk-driving enforcement.  Local drivers should expect to see more marked as well as unmarked patrol vehicles and increased messaging about the dangers of drunk driving. "This is an unacceptable problem.  Drunk driving is selfish and dangerous.  We want to increase awareness with this campaign, but also see lasting results of decreased drunk driving," he said.  "This is important to remember: do not trust yourself when you drink," said Colonel O'Donnell.  "You may think you aren't drunk, but law enforcement will know you are.  Law enforcement officers' skills in detecting and identifying drunk drivers have never been better.  They will spot you and arrest you."  The Rhode Island State Police ask all to please plan ahead before you go out and designate a sober driver or use an alternative transportation service.  Whatever you do, do not drink and drive.  This August, and every day, remember: there is never an excuse to drink and drive.  If you choose to break the law, law enforcement will see you before you see them.  "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over."  Motorists are reminded that they can immediately report dangerous drivers or hazardous roadway conditions to the police by dialing 9-1-1 on their cellular phones.

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