State police step up patrols over the Thanksgiving holiday

State Police Plane

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– State police have stepped up patrols in the air with a heavy ground force of additional troopers.

According to AAA, over 48 million people will be traveling on the road over the Thanksgiving holiday. State police told News 8 they will be out there with drivers.

“Over the last five years in Connecticut alone we had 13 people killed over this Thanksgiving holiday and an additional 4,000 accidents. You’ll see additional troopers on the road and traditional marked vehicles, unmarked vehicles and some aerial vehicles,” said Trooper Tyler Weerden, Public Information Officer with the Connecticut State Police.

trooper2 State police step up patrols over the Thanksgiving holidayState police will monitor traffic in this Cessna prop plane. In the sky, a state trooper will use time and distance to calculate how fast drivers are going.

“With two people up there they will radio to the ground and then the trooper will say I’m going after a red Mercedes and that’s where they’ll go,” said Trooper Weerden.

Troopers in the aircraft can get a birds-eye view of the most dangerous spots. They are not just looking for speed.

“We are looking for vehicles that are cutting in and out of traffic and cutting people off. Tailgating, really that aggressive driver that causes accidents,” said Weerden.

Drivers News 8 talked to who are hitting the highway during the Thanksgiving holiday are packing caution.plane1 State police step up patrols over the Thanksgiving holiday

“I always stay in the right lane and I just have to watch everywhere, you have to watch everything your eyes behind your head I guess,” said Brenda Brandi.

Some feel safer with more patrols out.

“Less accidents. Less accidents. Especially drunk driving I imagine and texting and driving,” said Ed Prior.


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