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.
Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

WTNH NEWS8 provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Also, you can now block any inappropriate user by simple selecting the drop down menu on the right of any comment and selection "Block User" from there.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s