EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Nearly half of the arrests Rhode Island State Police logged over the Fourth of July weekend were for driving under the influence.
Police told 12 News that 53 arrests were made statewide between Friday and Monday, with 25 of them involving impaired driving.
Additionally, troopers investigated 59 crashes over the weekend and issued 611 citations for various driving offenses, according to state police.
The Rhode Island DUI Task Force was officially deployed Friday night. The task force is typically deployed ahead of holidays and long weekends, and its sole purpose is to arrest impaired drivers, according to North Kingstown Lt. Don Barrington.
“Despite our repeated warnings, we still see people out driving when they shouldn’t be,” Barrington said.
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) was also out patrolling fresh and salt waterways across the state. The DEM said officers boarded 121 boats over the weekend, issued 45 warnings and eight citations.
Officers also responded to two “major boat incidents where the boats were totaled,” according to the DEM. No one was injured in either incident.