Contact: Lieutenant Eric C. LaRiviere, Acting District "A" Commander, RISP Headquarters, (401) 444-1009
The Rhode Island State Police, through funding obtained by the Department of Transportation Office on Highway Safety, will be participating in the national "Click It or Ticket Campaign" during the Thanksgiving Holiday. The primary message is: Buckle Up America, Every Trip, Every Time.
• Click It or Ticket from November 19-26. • Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend from November 22-25.
In an effort to prevent highway tragedies during the holidays, the Rhode Island State Police is reminding Rhode Islanders that troopers will be maintaining high visibility throughout the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend with patrols targeting impaired or intoxicated drivers, seat belt and child restraint violations, aggressive drivers, speeding violations, texting violations, and everyday traffic violations. Troopers will practice zero tolerance with regard to impaired, drunk or drugged drivers, as well as child restraint and seat belt violations.
Seat belts are the most effective safety feature ever invented and have helped save thousands of lives. Sadly, one in five Americans fails to regularly wear a seat belt when driving or riding in a motor vehicle. In Rhode Island, between the years 2006-2010, there were 161 unbelted fatalities and 717 unbelted serious injuries. This accounted for 44% of all the traffic fatalities and 21% of serious injuries throughout the State.
The Thanksgiving Holiday traditionally features the highest traffic volume of the year which multiplies the potential for tragedy. Motorists can avoid being victims of highway emergencies by preparing for their trips, staying sober, and buckling up all occupants. Travel arrangements should include plenty of rest before departing, preparing the vehicle for potentially inclement weather, and adjusting driving behaviors for the traffic volume and road conditions.
Motorists are reminded that they can immediately report dangerous drivers or hazardous roadway conditions to the State Police by dialing *77 on their cellular phones. This is a free call and greatly assists the State Police in its effort to protect citizens and visitors traveling on Rhode Island's roadways.
Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety and Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police, reminds everyone, "The holiday season is a time to appreciate your families and friends but is also a very dangerous time of year for fatal and serious motor vehicle accidents. We ask that you be responsible so you can enjoy all that means most to you. Have a safe Thanksgiving."