DUI enforcement at URI
Zero Tolerance Law (31-27-2.7)
|If you are between the ages of 18 and 20, it is against the law to drive a vehicle with a blood alcohol level (BAL) above .02%. If you drink and drive, you could receive the following…|
|.08% Per se Law (31-27-2)|
|If you are 21 or older, it is against the law to drive a vehicle with a blood alcohol level (BAL) above .08%. The per se law means that a person can be charged on a test of BAL alone, without evidence of impairment. If you drink and drive, you could receive the following….|
For people of all ages, penalties are more severe if a person has had more than one offense.
Make good choices
USE A DESIGNATED DRIVER
Instead of driving drunk and risking your life and the lives of the people in the car with you, use a designated driver.
- Plan ahead in the night and pick which person is going to be the driver before you start drinking. Make sure that you also plan out where you are going as well as the duration.
- If you are in a larger group that you know will not all fit in one car, make sure that you have more than one designated driver.
- Take turns being the designated driver.
Watch Out for Drunk Drivers
GUIDE FOR DETECTING DRUNK DRIVERS AT NIGHT
These clues are listed in descending order of probability that the person observed is driving while intoxicated. Save yourself from an accident. Pull over. Alert local or State Police if you have a cell phone.
- Turning with a wide radius
- Straddling the center of the road
- Appearing to be drunk
- Almost striking an object or vehicle
- Driving on other than a designated roadway
- Driving more than 10 mph below the speed limit
- Stopping without cause in a traffic lane
- Following too closely
- Tires on center of left-hand lane
- Braking erratically
- Driving into opposing or crossing traffic
- Signaling is inconsistent with driving actions
If an officer sees a person committing these actions, they have the right to pull them over. If they fail the sobriety tests then the officer has the right to arrest the person.
If someone is pulled over and the officer finds incriminating evidence (such as empty alcoholic containers or strong odor) then officer has the right to arrest the individual on the basis of probable cause.