State Police arrest 9 people during the holiday weekend

Traffic flows on Interstate 95 in Providence. File photo by Steve Klamkin WPRO News

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Rhode Island State Police say they arrested nine people for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs over the holiday weekend.

The State Police said Tuesday that the arrests were made during “an intensive enforcement initiative” with increased patrols for the Fourth of July weekend, from Wednesday through Sunday.

Col. James Manni, the State Police superintendent, says that troopers will continue to aggressively pursue, arrest and prosecute anyone who drives while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, putting the lives of everyone else at risk.

During the same time period, the State Police responded to 953 service calls, stopped 486 motor vehicles, assisted 82 disabled vehicles and investigated 61 crashes.

Troopers issued 507 citations, mostly for speeding, seatbelt and child restraint violations and distracted driving.