State Police Enforce Alcohol Crackdown Nationwide

Rhode Island State Police will have extra patrols during the weeks surrounding Labor Day.


The Labor Day weekend and the weeks before it are prime time for Rhode Island students of all ages to be heading back to school. In order to help reduce the number of car accidents and keep traveling students and families safe this season, the Rhode Island State Police will have extra patrols throughout the state.

These efforts are related to a nationwide program sponsored by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) known as “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”  Colonel Steven G. O’Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of the Rhode Island Department of Public Safety, announces that commencing Friday, August 17th and continuing through and including Monday, September 3, 2012, the Rhode Island State Police will be participating in the following two traffic enforcement mobilization details:

  • Alcohol Crackdown from August 17th to September 3, 2012.
  • Operation C. A. R. E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) –
  • National Holiday Lifesaver Weekend from September 1st to September 3, 2012.

The Rhode Island State Police, through funding obtained by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, Office on Highway Safety, will have additional patrols targeting seatbelt and child restraint violations, texting violations and especially impaired drivers. Drunk and impaired driving enforcement continues to be a vital mission of the Rhode Island State Police and motorists are reminded “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”

C.A.R.E is a national effort to reduce death and injury on the highways.  State and local law enforcement agencies throughout the nation will participate in these efforts to increase enforcement of seat belt infractions, child safety laws, speed enforcement, and all other moving motor vehicle violations.

Colonel O’Donnell reminds ALL motorists that there is no excuse for drinking and driving, only serious consequences. Please help the Rhode Island State Police create a safer motoring environment by buckling up, and if you plan to drive, DON’T DRINK.



The Rhode Island State Police is committed to keeping the roads safe for travelers in our State, and motorists are reminded that they can immediately report dangerous drivers or hazardous roadway conditions to the State Police by dialing 911 or *77 on their cellular phones.


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