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State Police Ramp Up Patrols For July 4th Travel

Connecticut State Police. Photo Credit: File
A list of coffee stops co-sponsored by the AAA and Connecticut State Police. Photo Credit: Provided/ Connecticut State Police

As thousands of drivers travel in record numbers during the upcoming extended holiday weekend, Connecticut State Troopers said they will patrol in increased numbers to keep roads and highways safe for all drivers.

July 4 is on Wednesday, allowing a mid-week excursion for beach outings, cookouts and fireworks. This translates to increased traffic starting as early as Monday and continuing through the Sunday evening on July 7 .Many will be driving through and around the state of Connecticut for Independence Day events, and State Troopers will be out conducting spot checks over the holiday weekend.

Troopers will strive to reduce speed on the highways and roadways during the holiday period. In addition, State Troopers will operate sobriety checkpoints and DUI roving patrols. Drivers can expect to experience concentrated enforcement operations at various locations.

As always, State Troopers work toward preventing accidents – especially fatal crashes – on Connecticut’s roads and highways. Troopers will utilize laser units, and both marked and unmarked State Police patrol cars to enhance safety and to remove drunk drivers from Connecticut’s roads.

State police ask all drivers to buckle up, adhere to the speed limit, put down cell phones and concentrate on driving.

State Troopers depend on drivers to follow the law. Please do not drink and drive since that is a deadly combination. If you are on the road and suspect a drunk driver, please call 911, as this is a true emergency.

Planning to consume alcohol to celebrate our nation’s birthday? Police ask that you designate a driver so that this festive, enjoyable holiday does not result in a tragedy.

As a reminder, please remember to always obey, the Move Over Law. The law requires operators to reduce their speed and move one lane over when an emergency vehicle is nearby or on the shoulder of the highway.

During the July 4, 2017, weekend, Connecticut State Troopers issued 1,368 tickets for speeding, 2,941 tickets for moving violations and made 60 arrests for driving under the influence. Troopers also investigated 398 motor vehicle crashes. A total of 50 accidents involved injuries and one led to a fatality, state police said.

Check back to Daily Voice for a list of roving patrol locations.

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