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Members of Rhode Island's DUI Task Force will be out in full force this weekend

Monday is Labor Day, a day when we honor all of the working men and women in the U.S. who toil long and hard at their jobs. Labor Day weekend is also widely regarded by many as the unofficial end of summer and a time when people gather together to celebrate. As with many holidays and other celebratory occasions, many Rhode Island residents will likely enjoy an alcoholic beverage or two while gathering with friends and family.

Every Labor Day weekend, state police increase their presence along Rhode Island highways, roads and streets in an effort to pull over and arrest impaired drivers. This Labor Day holiday is no different as, starting today, the Rhode Island DUI Task Force plans to begin patrols from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m.

The RI DUI Task Force is comprised of members from all of the local 39 police departments throughout the state as well as members of the State Police department. Additionally, the task force's efforts are coordinated and supported by members of the state's Department of Transportation and Office of Highway Safety and the Attorney General's Office.

Individuals who plan to partake in Labor Day celebrations this weekend are advised to drink responsibly and ensure for a safe ride home. In cases where a driver is pulled over and subsequently arrested for drunk driving, it's important to contact a criminal attorney who can advocate on an individual’s behalf and provide strong legal representation.

There are many factors that can influence the outcome of a DUI case including whether or not a police officer had reasonable suspicion to stop a driver in the first place and the manner in which both field sobriety tests and a Breathalyzer were administered.

Source: Warwick Beacon, "Police form RI DUI Task Force to detect impaired drivers starting Sept. 4," Sept. 3, 2015

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