No. Providence Police targeting drunk driving over Thanksgiving holiday

No. Providence Police targeting drunk driving over Thanksgiving holiday

NORTH PROVIDENCE – Thanksgiving is a time for spending time with family and friends, say North Providence police, but it’s also a time when they’re forced to remind people that drinking and driving is not a good holiday combination.

The high-visibility national enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, will be employed in the town of North Providence this Thanksgiving, which is one of the heaviest travel times of the year.

“We will show zero tolerance for drunk and drugged driving. There will be an increased number of officers on the road conducting enforcement, with the aim to drastically reduce instances of drunk and drugged driving on our roadways,” said police in a release.

Some of this enforcement effort will be readily apparent, other tactics may not be as visible, they said.

“Crashes and fatalities involving impaired drivers continue to plague our communities,” said police.

“Each one of these could have been prevented if the operator made the right decision to not drive impaired.”

There has been an increase in the use of marijuana by itself or combined with alcohol and other drugs. In Rhode Island, 34 percent of fatal crashes that occurred in 2018 involved an impaired driver. The national average is 29 percent.

“Therefore, the North Providence Police Department wants to remind drivers that drunk and drugged driving is not only illegal, it is a matter of life and death,” said police. “As you head out this Thanksgiving weekend, remember, ‘drive sober or get pulled over.’”

Police are reminding citizens of the many resources available to get them home safely.

“Drunk driving is not acceptable behavior,” said Tikoian. “It is essential to plan a sober ride home before you ever leave your holiday location. We will make zero exceptions for drunk and drugged driving. There are just no excuses, life is too precious.”

The North Providence Police Department has always put an emphasis on the dangers of impaired driving. Arresting those who are not fit to be operating a motor vehicle has been a priority.

Thus far in 2019, the North Providence Police Department has already arrested 67 people for driving under the influence.