Connecticut State Police release statistics from Operation SANTA

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MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH)– Connecticut State Police have released their statistics from Operation S.A.N.T.A., their increased holiday enforcement program for the week of Christmas.

Extra troopers have be on patrol on Connecticut roads for Operation S.A.N.T.A, which stands for Stop Another Needless Tragic Accident. State officials consider these extra patrols a major holiday accident and injury prevention measure.

State police said their focus this year was on drunk drivers as well as aggressive drivers. Sobriety checkpoints were setup along with targeted DUI patrols.

These statistics were reported to News 8 from the Connecticut State Police, covering Friday, December 19th through Thursday, December 25th:

  • Speeding Violations  – 241
  • Seatbelt Violations – 13
  • Hazardous Moving Violations – 670
    (These include unsafe lane changes, following too close, cell phone use, texting while driving, failing to signal, etc.)
  • DUI Arrests – 15
  • Accidents Investigated – 230
  • Accidents with Injuries – 35
  • Fatal Accidents – 1

State police say they will continue their extra enforcement efforts through New Year’s Eve. Troopers will continue to conduct enforcement patrols throughout the state on both highways and secondary roads.

If you see a driver you suspect may be driving drunk you’re asked to dial 911 immediately so police can intercept.

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