NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) – A task force comprised of officers from Rhode Island State Police, as well as 13 additional local police departments, took to the roads on Wednesday night with a goal of keeping everyone safe during their holiday travels.
The day before Thanksgiving is referred to by some as ‘Blackout Wednesday’, and is a notoriously heavy drinking day, according to officials.
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Officers who were out patrolling overnight Wednesday from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. made 14 alcohol related arrests, as well as one additional arrest on a separate offense.
The task force of about 35 additional officers will continue to patrol communities across southern Rhode Island for the remainder of the holiday weekend.
Police urge you to call 911 if you see what could be an impaired driver. Officers said the hope is to have a fatality-free weekend in Southern New England.
In 2013, during the Thanksgiving weekend there were 365 crashes reported in the state.