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Holiday DUI enforcement results in over a dozen DUI charges filed

Holidays are a busy time for Rhode Island law enforcement officers. Major holidays mean more police officers are out on the road looking for drunk or otherwise intoxicated drivers. Even though DUI checkpoints are considered illegal in the state, local police are allowed to increase their efforts in removing impaired drivers from Rhode Island roadways. Because of increased efforts, several residents are now facing DUI charges.

A recent overnight campaign over Thanksgiving weekend resulted in over a dozen DUI related arrests. According to a recent news report, a DUI task force arrested 14 individuals on DUI and other related charges. These arrests were apparently made across the state and not in any particular city.

A total of 30 officers contributed their services in this recent event. Authorities say they plan to have an increased police presence throughout the state for the remainder of the year. Their goal is a simple one -- to stop and remove drivers who are believed to be impaired before accidents happen.

Seeing an increase in the amount of police officers out-and-about during the holidays is nothing new. While their goal is admirable, there are those who may be wrongfully arrested and faced with DUI charges. While these charges can be challenging to fight in court, it isn't impossible to do. Rhode Island residents who are arrested during a DUI campaign have every right to question the circumstances surrounding their arrest. Taking the time to fully investigate the situation, including reviewing field sobriety tests, chemical tests and gaining access to officer reports can assist in appropriately confronting accusations of DUI in court.

Source:, "14 overnight arrests reported by RI DUI Task Force", Nov. 27, 2014

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