State police release New Year’s holiday statistics

State police cruiser (file).

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut State Police are continuing extra patrols Thursday and Friday to reduce the numbers of accidents and injuries on state roads.

Extra troopers have be on patrol on Connecticut roads throughout the holiday season 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 have been setup along with targeted DUI patrols.

These statistics were reported to News 8 from the Connecticut State Police, covering Tuesday, December 30th through 10:00 a.m. on New Year’s Day:

  • Speeding Violations  – 726
  • Seatbelt Violations – 22
  • Hazardous Moving Violations – 1593
    (These include unsafe lane changes, following too close, cell phone use, texting while driving, failing to signal, etc.)
  • DUI Arrests – 38
  • Accidents Investigated – 158
  • Accidents with Injuries – 28
  • Fatal Accidents – 0

Troopers said their extra patrols on top of their regular enforcement patrols will continue through Friday night.

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