- Associated Press - Saturday, May 28, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Rhode Island State Police superintendent is asking drivers to be careful as heavy traffic is expected on the state’s roadways over Memorial Day weekend.

Col. Steven G. O’Donnell is reminding drivers to comply with speed limits, ensure that everyone in their vehicle is wearing a seatbelt and allow extra travel time due to traffic.

O’Donnell says he’s deploying additional troopers to enforce the motor vehicle laws. He says they’ll be looking for people who are speeding, driving while impaired, aggressively driving, texting and violating seatbelt and child restraint laws.

There were 45 fatal motor vehicle crashes in Rhode Island in 2015.

O’Donnell says the number of fatalities this year has increased in comparison to same period last year.

He says his goal is to have a fatality-free weekend.

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