- Associated Press - Friday, December 22, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island transportation officials say driving deaths are up 76 percent this year, and are urging drivers to be safe during the holiday season.

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation held an event with state Attorney General Peter Kilmartin Thursday to ask people to pledge not to drive while drunk. WPRI-TV reports Kilmartin’s office says more than 80 people have died on the state’s roadways - 30 more people than all of 2016.

RIDOT Director Peter Alviti urges people to do whatever they can to keep people from driving impaired. He also says police patrols will be increased during the holidays to crack down on drunken driving.

Officials are asking people to plan ahead by either designating a driver or calling a taxi or car service.

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