Greater drunk driving reaction
Wednesday, October 5, 2005
10/05/05 - To the Cigar,
I'd like to thank the Cigar for its continuing coverage of the important
issue of college student alcohol use and misuse. I also think it is important
for URI students to know that local police departments take drinking and driving
seriously and are determined to enforce the law.
The South Kingstown and Narragansett police departments combined made 209 DUI
arrests in 2004, according to a September 19 story in The Providence Journal.
This is more than double the arrest total of 92 in 2000-a 127% increase.
This report comes after URI's RhodeMap to Safety campaign announced a new law
enforcement grant of $34,000 for the Town of Narragansett to beef up the police
department's DUI enforcement using targeted patrols.
A scientific survey that I conducted in 2004 revealed that 83.3% of URI students
wanted to see greater enforcement of state drinking and driving laws. I am
pleased to report that URI and town officials are responding.
The survey also indicated overwhelming student support for "safe ride"
programs. With URI students leading the way, Common Ground and RhodeMap to
Safety are working hard to help launch such a program, Rhody Rides, here at URI.
We hope the student body will continue to support efforts to enhance student
Mark Wood, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
Co-Director, RhodeMap to Safety