The Rhode Island Impaired Driving Enforcement Task Force comprised of police agencies across Rhode Island will deploy on New Year’s Eve, Saturday, December 31, 2016, during the hours of 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m., New Year’s Day, Sunday, January 1, 2017.
During this time, area law enforcement officers along with their neighboring agencies patrol our roadways targeting their enforcement efforts on detecting and arresting impaired drivers.
The B. A. T. Vehicle – or Breath Alcohol Testing Mobile Unit – will be deployed during this mobilization and set up at the Cranston East High School, 899 Park Avenue, Cranston, RI 02910.
By positioning this B.A.T. vehicle in a centralized location, officers are able to arrest suspected impaired drivers, test, process then release them without having to travel to their respective police stations. This enables the officers to more quickly return to patrol and detect other impaired drivers.
Working together, we hope to make the roadways in Rhode Island safe and enjoyable for all traveling on NewYear’s Eve.
Any questions regarding this deployment or enforcement efforts may be directed to Captain Russell Henry of the Cranston Police Department (401-640-5444).
The majority of the police patrols are funded with Rhode Island Department of Transportation, Office on Highway Safety grant money from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.