More speeders cited by police on Labor Day weekend

A state police trooper uses a laser gun to check for people speeding on I-95. (WTNH / Noelle Gardner)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut State Police say speeding and other poor driving jumped during the Labor Day weekend over last year though arrests for drunken driving and citations for failing to wear seat belts dropped.

On the weekend that began Friday and ended Monday night, police reported 1,727 citations for speeding, a 14 percent jump from 1,513 last year. Police cited 200 motorists for seat belt violations, which was fewer than last year.

Thirty-five motorists were arrested on charges of driving under the influence, compared with 50 DUI arrests last year.

Police say 315 accidents were reported, up from 259 last year.

And other hazardous moving violations, such as tailgating and talking on a non-hand held phone while driving, jumped 6 percent, to 3,720 from 3,513.

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