NEWPORT COUNTY – The Police Departments of Newport County, in conjunction with the Rhode Island Police Chiefs’ Association, would like to share the results of the departments’ enhanced DUI patrols conducted over Labor Day weekend.
The campaign ran from Friday, Sept. 3 through Monday, Sept. 6. It was held by the Middletown, Newport, Portsmouth, Jamestown, Tiverton and Little Compton Police Departments, in cooperation with RIPCA and the Rhode Island Office on Highway Safety.
Police officers from neighboring jurisdictions partnered and conducted proactive motor vehicle enforcement throughout the weekend in an effort to deter and prevent alcohol related crashes.
As a result of this initiative, Newport County Police Departments made a total of nine arrests for Driving Under the Influence, conducted 413 motor vehicle stops, and issued 99 traffic citations and 314 warnings. There were no reported motor vehicle crashes as the result of intoxicated drivers, and no traffic fatalities, over Labor Day weekend.
Newport County Police Departments will continue to be proactive in their efforts to reduce crashes within their respective communities.
“While it was encouraging to see no crashes or fatalities over the Labor Day weekend due to intoxicated drivers, we know we must continue to battle against this issue year-round and not let up in our efforts to educate the public about the dangers of driving under the influence,” said Sidney Wordell, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Police Chiefs’ Association. “We applaud the efforts of the Newport County police departments and congratulate them on a successful campaign this year, and look forward to working with them further to keep our residents safe on the road.”