With the Newport St. Patrick's Day parade just around the corner, it is important to remember that both the Newport Police and the Middletown Police have increased their alcohol enforcement patrols. The 2009 St. Patrick's Day parade saw an unprecedented amount of Salve Regina University and other college students apprehended for the unlawful possession of an alcoholic beverage.
Penalties for DUI in Rhode Island
The first offense penalties for the possession of an alcoholic beverage by an underage person include a $150.00 to $750.00 fine, thirty (30) hours of community service, and a minimum sixty (60) days suspension of his or her driver's license. The penalties for furnishing or procurement of alcoholic beverages for underage persons include a $350.00 to $1,000.00 fine and/or imprisonment for a period not exceeding six (6) months or both. In addition the Newport Municipal Court fine for an open container has dramatically increased in recent years.