- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 25, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island State Police are stepping up patrols through the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, one of the busiest travel times of the year.

The department said Wednesday it’s participating in nationwide programs to enforce seat belt laws and reduce accidents.

It’s working with municipal departments to target impaired drivers and reduce traffic fatalities.

Department head Col. Steven O’Donnell says the holiday season is a dangerous time of year for motor vehicle accidents.

He urges people to wear their seat belts, be responsible and have a safe Thanksgiving.

The state police received funding for the enforcement efforts from the Department of Transportation’s highway safety office.

The patrols will target impaired or intoxicated drivers, seat belt and child restraint violations, aggressive drivers, speeding, texting and routine traffic violations.

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