PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Police warn to drive sober or get pulled over all year round, but now the saying is taking on a more serious meaning.
Rhode Island State Police are teaming up with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for their Drive Sober campaign.
Starting August 19 and going until September 5, local and state law enforcement will be stepping up DUI patrols and enforcing a zero tolerance policy for those caught driving under the influence.
This mean officers will not be issuing warning for drunk driving, they will just be issuing punishments.
Police report that Labor Day weekend is one of the most deadly drunk driving periods in the country, with more that 750 people dying in drunk driving crashes throughout that weekend from 2010 to 2014.
Over the 2014 Labor Day holiday, 83% of the deadly DUI crashes reportedly occurred between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Motorcyclists are also at risk, in 2014, nearly one-third of motorcycle riders who died in crashes were drunk.
On average, drunk driving kills more than 10,000 people each year.
Don’t risk your life –or someone else’s– by driving impaired, find a designated driver, call a cab or an Uber.