RI troopers arrest dozens over July 4th weekend

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Rhode Island state police said the Fourth of July weekend across the Ocean State was a relatively busy one – but was pretty safe, overall.

State Police Captain John Allen said it seems as though people enjoyed their holiday spent in Rhode Island. According to the captain, there were 13 arrests for driving while intoxicated, 50 car crashes – some related to drunk driving – and 69 total arrests.

“Some firearms arrests. Some narcotics arrests, all the way to simple assault,” Allen said. “Just a variety of stuff going on this weekend.”

Allen said despite the number of arrests and car crashes, no one was seriously injured.

“We had a lot of people on the road this weekend, so I think we did a good job of getting the message out,” he told Eyewitness News.

State police also ramped up their patrols on the roads and handed out more than 500 tickets to drivers this weekend alone. A majority of those citations were for speeding.

While troopers didn’t make any fireworks-related arrests, Lifespan told Eyewitness News they had 12 emergency room visits stemming from fireworks-related injuries. A spokeswoman for Lifespan said six children were taken to Hasbro Children’s Hospital for burns or eye injuries associated with sparklers.

State police said they also made an arrest on the water this weekend when two boats collided off the coast of Block Island. A 25-year-old man is now facing charges of boating under the influence.

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