Impaired Driving Enforcement Task Force


The Rhode Island Impaired Driving Enforcement Task Force utilizing High Visibility Enforcement (HVE) patrols began during the New Year’s Eve and early New Year’s Day holiday period by targeting suspected impaired drivers. The Task Force comprised of officers from several law enforcement agencies and the Rhode Island State Police. These officers patrolled the highway last night (7 PM) and into the early hours of New Year’s Day morning (3 AM).

During this wave of enforcement, law enforcement officers arrested thirteen (13) suspected impaired drivers.

The B. A. T. Vehicle – or Breath Alcohol Testing Mobile Unit was on hand at Cranston East High School, 899 Park Avenue, Cranston, Rhode Island 02910 and officers processed (6) suspected impaired drivers at this location.

This enforcement effort led to impaired drivers being arrested by the following departments: Warwick (2), Cranston (4), Foster (1), Burrillville (2), Bristol (1) and the Rhode Island State Police (3).

The High Visibility Enforcement and added patrols will continue throughout the weekend as law enforcement agencies work together to make the roadways in Rhode Island safe and enjoyable for all traveling during the holiday season.

The majority of the police patrols were funded by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, Office on Highway Safety.