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Connecticut State Police: Make Road Safety A Priority For Memorial Day

Connecticut State Troopers are preparing for increased traffic over Memorial Day weekend.
Connecticut State Troopers are preparing for increased traffic over Memorial Day weekend. Photo Credit: Connecticut Department of Transportation

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- As Connecticut State Troopers prepare for an increase in traffic over Memorial Day weekend and for summer celebrations and vacations, they are asking drivers to use courteous driving skills, plan for traffic delays and make safety their top priority whenever they get behind the wheel.

These actions will ensure safe travel to and from destinations, state police say.

Some safety tips – and laws – to remember include: buckle up, obey speed limits, don’t follow too close, remove distractions while driving, stay off the cellphone and never drink and drive.

During this Memorial Day Weekend, Connecticut State Troopers will employ all methods of enforcement to increase highway safety. State Troopers will use laser units for speed enforcement, as well as marked, unmarked and nontraditional police vehicles to patrol highways and roadways.

Good driving skills and patience are essential to avoiding tragedies on Connecticut’s highways, state police say. The enforcement efforts of Connecticut Troopers -- along with drivers who follow state law -- are vital to maintaining danger-free roads for drivers and passengers.

As part of its efforts, the Connecticut State Police will participate in the National C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) program over Memorial Day Weekend. The goal is to join State Police agencies across the country to enhance safety in all states. Motorists are reminded to expect heavy traffic, exercise caution and allow extra time to reach their destinations over the holiday.

The Operation C.A.R.E. holiday weekend will begin Thursday, May 26, and will continue until midnight Monday, May 30. Connecticut State Troopers are joining all State Police agencies across the country, concentrating on enforcement of DUI and safety belt laws during the entire holiday weekend.

For Memorial Day Weekend, Troopers will concentrate enforcement on all hazardous moving violations, seatbelt use and illegal cellphone use.

Sobriety checkpoints will be set up at several locations throughout the state over the holiday weekend. Also, drivers are asked to report suspected drunk drivers immediately by calling 911, as this is a true emergency.

For Memorial Day Roving Patrols and Sobriety Checkpoints, click here .

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