Statements about Public Safety

"By a two-to-one margin, Rhode Islanders want to ban assault weapons and we have a very small percentage of gun owners in this state, less than 13 percent."

David Dewhurst is "the first lieutenant governor in history to have a personal security detail."

"Rhode Island’s teen binge drinking rate is double the national average."

"Obamacare could force thousands of volunteer fire stations to cut service or close entirely!"

"In 2011, texting surpassed alcohol as the leading contributing factor in teen driving deaths."  

"The CDC issued a report commissioned by President Obama just earlier this year, and it found some very inconvenient facts. Armed citizens are less likely harmed by attackers. Effectiveness of gun control laws is mixed. Gun buybacks don't work."

"The fact is that red light cameras change driver behavior and cut down on the most dangerous types of accidents."

Says that in Curry County, "if you make a 911 call you’re likely to wait for an hour for a response."

Rhode Island's graduated driving license "has saved hundreds of lives."

Says TriMet spends "$10.3 million in police contracts" a year for 56 transit police who must respond to non-transit calls

If Gov. Rick Scott activates "the National Guard in anticipation of a federal disaster, the state’s costs, including the costs to recall any furloughed guardsmen, will be fully reimbursable by FEMA."

"The UK has an unarmed police force and a firearm fatality rate that is 40 times lower per capita than in the U.S."

A 0.05 standard for drunken driving means having a glass of wine at dinner could make a person drunk.

Says the fertilizer plant that exploded in West, Texas,"had not been inspected by the state of Texas since 2006."

"In Rhode Island, 28 percent of adults released from state prisons are re-incarcerated within a year."

Says PETA "is using this really fancy drone to follow hunters around in some places in other countries."

"Harvard Study Finds States With Most Gun Laws Have Fewest Gun Deaths."

"Already, a prototype driverless car has traveled more than 300,000 miles in the crowded maze of California streets without a single accident."

"Nearly 25 percent of all automobile accidents are caused by texting while driving."

"The incidents of threats against (President Barack Obama) are greater than for any other president in modern times."

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