CUMBERLAND, R.I. (AP) _ Cumberland police say they arrested nearly twice as many motorists for drunken driving in 2012 as in the previous year, crediting increased arrests and prosecution.
The Woonsocket Call reports that the Police Department's annual report says 60 people were arrested for driving under the influence last year, up 94 percent from the 31 DUI arrests in 2011.
Police Chief John R. Desmarais said the increase is due to the department's continued commitment to drunken and drugged driving detection and prosecution.
Police say 47 of the DUI defendants, or 78 percent, pleaded no contest, which is equivalent to guilty in Rhode Island.
Eight cases were dismissed in District Court by the prosecution and six defendants pleaded guilty in the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal to refusal to submit to a chemical test.
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