No. Providence police make one DUI arrest over Thanksgiving weekend

No. Providence police make one DUI arrest over Thanksgiving weekend

NORTH PROVIDENCE – This past Thanksgiving weekend North Providence police, participating in the national enforcement campaign Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, arrested one individual for driving under the influence and reported no traffic-related fatalities or collisions resulting in serious injuries.

That’s one less DUI arrest than the two made this time last year, says Deputy Chief Arthur Martins.

“Education and awareness is certainly an important component of what we want to communicate with the public,” Martins said. “We’re not trying to arrest people; we want them to make good decisions and want to ensure they reach their destinations safely and other people on the road are not injured.”

From Wednesday, Nov. 27, at noon through Monday, Dec. 2, at 7 a.m., more North Providence police officers were on the roads, some for dedicated DUI patrols, during one of the heaviest travel times of the year.

The arrest was made on Thursday, Nov. 28, at 12:30 a.m., on Douglas Avenue. There were also 13 minor motor vehicle collisions that did not result in any serious injuries, Martins told The Breeze.

“Impaired driving is dangerous,” he said. “One drink may be too many.” If people are drinking, he said they should make sure to have a designated driver or use ride sharing services.

The week before Thanksgiving police warned the public they would be participating in the campaign, saying that crashes and fatalities involving drivers operating under the influence “continue to plague our communities.”

The department has always emphasized the dangers of impaired driving and has made arresting those who are unfit to drive a priority, police said.

“If we encounter someone (who is driving impaired), they will get arrested and charged with a crime,” Martins said.

So far in 2019, the North Providence Police Department has arrested 68 people for driving under the influence, which Martins said includes not only alcohol but also marijuana and other drugs.

In Rhode Island, 34 percent of fatal crashes in 2018 involved an impaired driver. The national average is 29 percent.

“Just be safe,” Martins said. “Make good, conscious decisions.”