Rhode Island


Rhode Island became the 28th state to pass an all-offender ignition interlock law in 2016. Rhode Island should legalize sobriety checkpoints and encourage no-refusal enforcement activities by expediting warrants and requiring ignition interlocks for suspected drunk drivers who refuse a chemical alcohol test. Find out more about Rhode Island's ignition interlock law



Drunk Driving:

19 representing 43% of all total traffic deaths, a 11.8% increase from last year.

2,591

For more information on statistics, please contact MADD's Government Affairs department at policy@madd.org.

Underage Drinking:

38.20%

52,000

25.00% people

34,000 people

SAMHSA Report to Congress on The Prevention and Reduction of Underage Drinking, May 2011
NOTE: Binge Alcohol Use is defined as drinking five or more drinks on the same occasion (i.e., at the same time or within a couple hours of each other) on at least 1 day in the past 30 days.



Laws:

Vehicular Homicide
Statutes providing for penalties to be brought against a drunk driver who kills another person through the operation of a motor vehicle, either intentionally or negligently.

Social Host
Social host laws allow for adults to be held responsible to furnishing alcohol to those under 21 years old

Primary Belt Law
Statutes which allow for law enforcement to issue a fine or citation on the sole grounds of a vehicle occupant not wearing a safety belt

Interlocks for First Time Convicted DUI Offenders
Statutes that require or highly incentivize the use of Interlocks for all first time convicted DUI offenders

Ignition Interlocks
Statutes which allow for a judge or administrative agency to order a convicted drunk driver to operate a vehicle equipped with an ignition interlock device for a period of time following a conviction for drunk driving

DUI Felony
Law that makes DUI/DWI a felony offense based on the number of prior convictions.

DUI Child Endangerment
Statutes which allow for additional penalties for a drunk driving conviction with a child passenger in a vehicle

.08 Per Se Law
Law that makes it illegal to operate a motor vehicle at or above .08 Blood Alcohol Concentration.



Take Action:

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By participating, you will help pass legislation to keep our roads safe from drunk driving and to prevent underage drinking. 

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