State police issue stern reminder about drinking and driving

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The eve of Thanksgiving is always a big day for travel, but it’s also notorious for being the heaviest drinking night of the year.

With many not having to work on the holiday and family and friends in town, bars and clubs typically see an uptick in people out having drinks.

Because of that, Sergeant Anthony McHugh said Rhode Island State Police will be adding 11 extra patrols, and keeping a keen eye out for anyone driving under the influence, as well as those not wearing seat belts.

AAA expects more than 48 million people to travel this week, with the vast majority doing so on the road.

In an effort to raise awareness and urge people not to drink and drive, state police released a PSA this week featuring footage of real traffic stops and wreckage from serious crashes.

Visit the agency’s Facebook page to view the PSA in full, which is also embedded below.

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According to officials, 42% of all traffic fatalities in the RI involve alcohol.

“As of today, 45 people have been killed on the highways of our state. We truly hope that this holiday season, and for the rest of the year, that is the safest it’s ever been,” said McHugh.

If you’re planning to hit the road on Wednesday, expect to run into some traffic. It’s estimated that nine out of 10 Thanksgiving travelers will be driving to their destinations at some point on Wednesday.

Things were running smoothly Wednesday morning at T.F. Green Airport for those taking to the skies. At last check, only one flight was delayed.

It was a busier morning at Logan Airport in Boston, with lengthy security lines and several delays on the board.

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