Connecticut troopers to step up patrols on holiday weekend

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut State Police are stepping up enforcement efforts over the holiday weekend with increased patrols and sobriety checkpoints across the state.

The extra enforcement began Thursday and will continue through Wednesday since many schools start after Labor Day.

Troopers are concentrating on drunken driving, speeding, seat belt violations and hand-held cellphone use. State police are urging people to use designated drivers if they plan to drink and to be extra vigilant watching for pedestrians before and after school hours.

During Labor Day weekend last year, state police reported 336 crashes, 45 arrests for driving under the influence, more than 1,900 speeding violations and more than 4,000 moving violations including using hand-held cellphones and tailgating. Three fatal crashes were reported, and people were hurt in nearly 60 crashes.
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