State police arrest 16 on DUI charges during holiday season

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Troopers arrested 16 people on DUI charges over the holidays this year, the Rhode Island State Police reported.

State police participated in the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, which provides funding for state and local law enforcement to beef up patrols during the holiday season.

Colonel Ann Assumpico said the 16 arrests also resulted in the seizure of a handgun, an illegal knife and illegal narcotics.

“There is simply no excuse for anyone driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol,” Assumpico said. “The Rhode Island State Police will continue to aggressively pursue, arrest and prosecute anyone who drives while under the influence, putting the lives of everyone else at risk.”

Assumpico said troopers responded to 1,784 calls for service during the holidays, including 975 motor vehicle stops, 123 disabled motor vehicles and 165 crashes. She said troopers made 96 arrests and issued 1,076 citations and warnings for motor vehicle violations, including 417 for speeding, 92 for seatbelt and child restraint violations and 14 for distracted driving.

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