665 accidents, 25 DUI arrests in Connecticut


MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut State Police say they’ve responded to 665 car crashes and arrested 25 people for driving under the influence during beefed-up enforcement during the Thanksgiving holiday period.

Extra patrols began early Tuesday morning and will continue through Sunday night.

Troopers say 88 accidents involved injuries and one person died. Police say 29-year-old Luis Contreras of Norwalk was killed Tuesday when his car crashed on Route 7 in Norwalk. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

State police say they’re targeting drunken drivers and aggressive drivers.

Troopers say they’ve issued nearly 890 speeding tickets and nearly 300 tickets for failure to wear seat belts. They’ve also cited nearly 2,600 drivers for hazardous moving violations including tailgating and illegal cell phone use while driving.

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