Rhode Island State Police begin "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" Campaign
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.
North Carolina troopers receive lifesaving trauma kits
The North Carolina Highway Patrol and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have teamed up in the hope of preventing deaths due to blood loss. “Any time we have an active shooting situation, which seems to be occurring every day across the U.S., we go to the fight as they say,” said Lt. Jeff Gordon of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. Troopers are often the first responders to scenes involving traumatic injury, such as gunshot or stab wounds. Of the 1,400 or so troopers in North Carolina, about 100 of them are certified EMTs. However, they are often without the equipment needed to help trauma victims. Doctors at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center recognized the issue, and began designing Individual Patrol Officer Kits, or IPOKs, with troopers in mind, even before the shooting incidents in Orlando and Dallas. “However, with those events happening, it gave us more credence and pushed us to make certain to be able to pull this project off,” said Physician Assistant Jeff Hinshaw of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. The IPOKs contain a tourniquet, gloves, emergency trauma dressing, gauze and a vent compact chest seal. “These particular devices, the tourniquets, the chest seals and the gauze can make a huge difference when it comes to saving somebody’s life,” Hinshaw said. “The very first patient that I took care of who died from injuries died from the lack of a device like this,” added Dr. Wayne Meredith, also of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Two-hundred of the kits will be distributed amongst the troopers. One-hundred of the kits will be given to the troopers who are EMS trained, with the remainder to be used as replacements. Not only will the kits be used on civilians, but also the troopers themselves should they be injured. Troopers say that one law enforcement officer is killed every 61 hours in the United States. They added that two-thirds of the officers who die in the line of duty lose their lives due to a loss of blood.
Louisiana State Police set up hotline for cars towed on I-12
Louisiana State Police have set up a hotline for people trying to get information on how to reclaim their cars that were towed after becoming stranded on I-12. Due to the recent severe weather and flooding in the state, numerous vehicles were left in the lanes of travel and on the shoulders of the interstate. Vehicle owners are asked to call the State Police hotline at 225-922-0444 or 225-922-0447. Drivers should be prepared with as much information about their vehicle as possible, such as their license plate number, vehicle description, etc. Those vehicles were removed in order to re-open the interstate. Additionally, vehicles that were were blocking lanes of travel were towed by many tow truck companies and safely stored. There will be no cost to drivers for the towing, according to Louisiana State Police. If drivers were charged for an I-12 tow, State Police advises that drivers keep as much documentation as possible and that the State Police Towing & Recovery section will work to resolve any issues.
Number of Lives Saved by State Troopers Using Narcan Reaches Milestone in Connecticut
In two years, Connecticut State Police Troopers, using the antidote Narcan, have saved the lives of 100 people who overdosed on opioids, announced Gov. Dannel Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman Monday. The milestone 100th save occurred Sunday morning in Woodbury. A state law enacted in 2014 gave civil and criminal liability protection to anybody who administers Narcan in good faith to an individual experiencing an overdose, and troopers have done a great job using the medication, Malloy said. “Connecticut’s state troopers are among the best in the nation, and this is proof positive that their dedication to the residents of this state is having a lasting impact,” said Gov. Malloy in a statement. “Training and equipping our state’s first responders was a common sense step in our efforts to combat the alarming, nationwide trend of heroin and prescription drug abuse. Not only are these frontline men and women saving lives, but their action is helping people begin the necessary path toward treatment and recovery, and I thank them for their service.” Added Lt. Gov. Wyman, “Giving first responders access to Narcan – and the training to use it – saves lives. This announcement makes clear just how important this strategy has been to our overall efforts to combat opioid abuse. But more importantly, it speaks to our commitment to protecting to public health and the residents who deal with addiction.” Local police departments throughout the state have also started equipping officers with Narcan, for which the state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection and other agencies provides training. “I am proud of our troopers. Their commitment to the safety and wellbeing of everyone who lives in Connecticut, including residents grappling with opioid addiction, is second to none,” said DESPP Commissioner Dora Schriro. “One hundred people who were in severe medical distress were given a second chance to address their addiction because of the actions of Connecticut State Troopers.”