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State Police Increase Patrols On Connecticut Highways For July 4th Weekend

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FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — Connecticut State Troopers will begin patrolling in increased numbers to keep roads and highways safe for all travelers during the long July 4th weekend.

State Police will participate in Operation C.A.R.E., or Combined Accident Reduction Effort, starting at midnight July 3 and running through 11:59 p.m. July 5 as traffic is on the rise for the holiday weekend.

Troopers will use laser speed measuring units to enforce speed on highways and secondary roads. They will also be strategically placed to reduce speeds on the highways and roadways during the holiday period.

In addition, Connecticut State Troopers will operate sobriety checkpoints in numerous locations across the state. Sites for concentrated enforcement operations will be chosen where a high number of alcohol-involved crashes and incidents have occurred in the past.

As always, the Connecticut State Police is doing everything possible to prevent accidents – especially fatal crashes. Troopers will use both marked and unmarked State Police patrol cars to enhance safety and to remove drunken drivers from Connecticut’s roads.

“We ask all Connecticut residents to obey the rules of the road: Wear a seatbelt, keep both hands on the steering wheel and your eyes on the road, drive the speed limit and please be courteous to other drivers,” said Dora B. Schriro, Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection. “Your participation and cooperation matters.”

Col. Brian Meraviglia, commander of the Connecticut State Police, added: “Connecticut drivers can help State Troopers keep our highways safe by setting an example. Drive the speed limit, don’t drink alcohol and drive, and immediately report any suspected drunken drivers to police by calling 911, as this is a true emergency.”

If you plan to consume alcohol, always designate a driver. Never drink and drive.

During last year's July 4th weekend, Connecticut State Police issued the following number of summons:  1,559 for speeding; 42 for DUI; and 297 for seatbelt arrests. State Police investigated 312 motor vehicle crashes, 47 with injury, but no fatal crashes. Troopers also issued 3,841 tickets for other hazardous moving violations.

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