Contact: Lieutenant Colonel Michael J. Winquist, Deputy Superintendent Telephone: (401) 444-1002
Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police announces that State Troopers will join thousands of state and local law enforcement agencies across the country by participating in a "Click it or Ticket" and "Buckle Up America" occupant safety initiative.
• "Click It or Ticket" - May 19, 2014 through June 1, 2014
• "Buckle Up America"/Memorial Day Weekend May 20, 2014 through May 27, 2014
Commencing Monday, May 19, 2014 and continuing through Sunday, June 1, 2014, the Rhode Island State Police will be increasing enforcement of seat belt laws and child restraint laws. Involvement in the "Click it or Ticket" and "Buckle Up America" campaign represents the agencies pledge toward a zero tolerance for motor vehicle crash fatalities.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2012, among young adult passenger vehicle occupant's ages 18 to 34, who were killed in motor vehicle crashes, 56 percent were not buckled up—the highest percentage of any age group. For this reason, the Rhode Island State Police will focus enforcement efforts on teenage operators. With the prom, graduation and summer seasons upon us, teenagers are more likely to be driving; making occupant protection efforts a necessity to save lives.
Memorial Day Weekend is traditionally the start of summer vacation and a heavy travel season. We can expect an increase in the volume of traffic along the highways throughout the state. Therefore, patrols will vigorously concentrate on aggressive operators. Unmarked and low profile vehicles will be utilized by patrols to maximize the deterrent effort. The State Police will also be assigning additional patrols to DUI enforcement.
The public is reminded that Rhode Island Law requires all operators and passengers to buckle up, and that people who are stopped for any reason and who are not wearing a seat belt or using a child safety seat will be ticketed.
Hazardous road conditions and unsafe drivers may be reported by dialing *77 (*SP) on your cellular telephone. This call is free and will connect you to the nearest Rhode Island State Police Barracks to your location.