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State Police Issue Memorial Day Weekend Advisory To Motorists

Connecticut State Police.
Connecticut State Police. Photo Credit: File

With one of the busiest driving weekends of the year here, Connecticut State Police will ramp up enforcement details statewide during the celebrations.

Connecticut State Police troopers will be out in force during Memorial Day Weekend, targeting everything from motorists traveling too fast or while impaired, to those not wearing seatbelts or violating vehicle and traffic laws.

Police said that they will use laser units for speed enforcement in both marked and unmarked cars during the holiday. Troopers will also participate in the national Combined Accident Reduction Effort (C.A.R.E.) program in an effort to “join state police agencies across the country to enhance safety in all states. Motorists are reminded to expect heavy traffic, exercise caution and allow extra time to reach their destination.”

“Good driving skills and patience are essential to avoiding tragedies on Connecticut’s highways,” police officials noted. “The enforcement efforts of our Troopers – along with drivers who follow state law – are vital to maintaining danger-free roads for drivers and passengers.”

During the Operation C.A.R.E. weekend - which will begin on Friday, May 25 and last through Monday, May 28, troopers will be utilizing sobriety checkpoints and will concentrate on enforcing drivers operating their vehicles under the influence and violating safety belt laws.

Last year, during Memorial Day Weekend, Connecticut State troopers busted 31 drunk drivers, charged 719 motorists with speeding, 668 with seatbelt violations, and 2,658 with moving violations. Additionally, troopers investigated 302 motor vehicle crashes - including 48 with injury and two fatal, resulting in three fatalities on May 26.

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