Staying safe on the roads during Memorial Day weekend

BRANFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — With the extra holiday travel, there’s less room for error on the roads.

State Police warn that even just glancing at your phone to look at a text can cause an accident. There were a lot of accidents and traffic jams on Friday night. Just ask Sheryl Lilly.

“Connecticut is bad, always bad. Every time I come home, Connecticut is bad,” she said.

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Lilly and her husband Gerald live in Texas and are coming back home to visit family. they are tire to tire, side mirror to mirror as they creep along in the holiday traffic.

“Our GPS said there was an accident up here so we might as well finish filling up, get a bite to eat and see if it’ll go away. Just smart attitude, just relax and enjoy today. I don’t have anything else to do.”

State Police say that is the right attitude. Relax. Allow extra time and don’t place deadlines on your drive. It only adds stress and aggravation when the taillights go red.

Trooper Randall Tavares, who is one of hundreds of Troopers working the road this weekend, ask you to please stay focused.

“Stop texting obviously and definitely don’t drink and drive on the holiday weekend. If you are going to drink, designate a sober driver,” he said.

Also, if you see State Police, a tow truck driver, EMS or anyone who is working on the highway by the side of the road, you should slow down, pull over, give them room and keep them safe.


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