- Associated Press - Saturday, October 31, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island State Police are boosting patrols throughout the state for the Halloween weekend.

Police Superintendent Steven O’Donnell says police will be stepping up enforcement for speeding, driving while impaired, aggressive driving, texting violations, as well as seat belt and child restraint violations as they expect more cars on the roads this weekend.

He reminds drivers to go slowly through residential areas where children will be trick-or-treating and to eliminate distractions in order to concentrate on the road and surroundings.

State police note the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported in 2011 that 38 percent of all fatalities on Halloween night involved an impaired driver, and 11 percent of those involved a pedestrian.

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