R.I. State Police Urges Driver Caution after Incidents with Troopers

Nov. 18, 2022
Over the past week, two Rhode Island State Police troopers were injured in multiple traffic incidents, and the agency is telling drivers to move over.

Rhode Island State Police were involved in separate traffic incidents this week, injuring two troopers and prompting the agency to urge drivers to slow down and move over.

On Monday, a car slammed into a state police cruiser at the scene of a previous crash in Providence, WPRI-TV reports. A trooper inside the vehicle suffered minor injuries.

The next incident happened early Wednesday at another crash scene in East Providence. A trooper was standing next to one of the cars in the crash when another vehicle struck a parked car, sending it into the trooper, who was taken to the hospital with moderate injures.

Finally, troopers were conducting a traffic stop Thursday in Providence when the driver purposefully backed into a cruiser twice and then sped away. The troopers weren't injured, and the driver was arrested after a brief chase.

“We are incredibly fortunate that none of these incidents resulted in a life-threatening injury, but we need drivers to be more alert for the safety of our troopers and the motoring public,” said Col. Darnell Weaver. 

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