Troopers out in force ahead of Labor Day weekend

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MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut State Police Troopers are gearing up to keep drivers safe on the roads as the holiday weekend is just around the corner.

Troopers will be looking for drivers who are texting while they are driving, not wearing their seat-belts, and driving while under the influence.

Last year, state police reported 1,787 citations for speeding, during the holiday weekend, a 14 percent increase from Labor Day weekend in 2013.

35 drivers arrested on driving under the influence charges last year, down from 50 arrests in 2013.

State Police say that the week before Labor Day presents an uptick in traffic on Connecticut roads. Families are generally taking their final vacations before the new school year starts up again.

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