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National Enforcement Alcohol Crackdown Month and Operation CARE Labor Day Weekend: PRESS CONFERENCE SCHEDULED

From mid-August through Labor Day, Rhode Island State Police in conjunction with local police departments across the state will take part in the annual nationwide "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" crackdown on drunk driving in Rhode Island. The campaign is sponsored by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Department of Transportation Office On Highway Safety. 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 16th and continuing through and including Monday, September 2, 2013, the Rhode Island State Police will have additional troopers on the roadways targeting drunk or impaired drivers. Drunk and impaired driving enforcement continues to be a vital mission of the Rhode Island State Police.

Alcohol Crackdown from August 16th to September 2, 2013. Operation C. A. R. E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) National Holiday Labor Day Weekend from August 30 to September 2, 2013.

Every year, about one third of all motor vehicle traffic deaths involve one or more drunk drivers. In 2011 there were 9,878 people killed in crashes involving a drunk driver. Drunk driving takes a heavy toll on young drivers. Among 18-34 year old drivers killed in motor vehicle crashes during the 2011 Labor Day weekend, 42 percent were alcohol-impaired.

The Rhode Island State Police will also be participating in "Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) Labor Day Weekend from August 30 to September 2. This 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.

More information on this enforcement effort will be discussed at a multi-agency press conference on Thursday, August 15th at 10:00 a.m. at the Community College of Rhode Island.

CONTACT: Lieutenant Colonel Michael J. Winquist, Deputy Superintendent/Chief of Field Operations TELEPHONE: (401) 444-1002

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Department or agency: Rhode Island State Police

Online: http://www.risp.ri.gov

Release date: 08-14-2013

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