PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Drunk-driving arrests are up almost 50% from final yr in Rhode Island, which is why a state lawmaker is renewing efforts to crack down on that habits.
Sen. Lou Raptakis, D-Coventry, blames the leniency of the present legal guidelines, saying his laws takes intention at repeat offenders.
“We haven’t even hit the Christmas and New 12 months’s holidays arising within the subsequent a number of weeks. These numbers might in all probability go over 50 p.c. That’s unacceptable,” he mentioned.
In response to Raptakis, the laws would improve the penalty for these convicted of killing somebody whereas driving drunk, in addition to improve the DUI look-back from 5 years to 10 years and confiscate the license plates from any automobile a repeat offender is caught driving.
Raptakis has been mentioning the payments for greater than a decade, however he believes the latest surge in arrests will assist lastly push them via.
“We decide up the newspaper and we see the tragedy of what’s occurring our Rhode Island highways,” he mentioned.
Simply final week, a person was arrested on DUI and other charges for a crash in Coventry that killed his passenger, a 77-year-old dialysis affected person he was transporting from an appointment.
Raptakis mentioned he plans to reintroduce his payments when the Basic Meeting reconvenes in January.