Rhode Island House minority leader, Robert Watson, was arrested over the weekend in Connecticut for DUI and marijuana possession. (I will leave it to the reader to supply their own thoughts on the hypocrisy of Mr. Watson whose previous statements suggest that RI is too lax on drug crimes and immigration.) Unfortunately for him, Connecticut is not so lax in the punishment of DUI. The penalties in that State are far more severe than the penalties for DUI in Rhode Island.
In Connecticut, a first offense DUI results in 2 days mandatory jail time with probation up to 6 months and 100 hours of community service as well as a license suspension of one year.
In comparison, first offense DUI in RI very rarely results in any jail time or probation and a license suspension UP TO six months. The amount of community service is usually far less also.