|STATE OF CONNECTICUT
Department of Public Safety
1111 Country Club Road
Middletown, Connecticut 06457
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thanksgiving is one of the heaviest traveled holidays of all. Traditionally, Thanksgiving also is the start of the Christmas season. The Connecticut State Police experienced the heaviest traffic periods on Wednesday afternoon, Friday all day and Sunday afternoon into the evening.
Troopers were on patrol in both marked and unmarked patrol cars. They also utilized non-traditional patrol cars, aircraft, radar, and laser units to monitor and enforce speeds. Sobriety checkpoints and roving DUI patrols were in place to add to the public safety and remove drunk drivers from our highways and roads in
AS the holiday enforcement continues remember, drunk driving mixed with high traffic volume is a recipe for disaster. 2006 ARREST TOTALS TO DATE
FROM MIDNIGHT 11/22/06 to 11/26/06 Total Accidents_488__
Total SPEEDING ARRESTS _1397__ with injury_71____
Total SEAT BELT ARRESTS_554__ FATALS__0___
Total DWI ARRESTS__60___
LAST YEAR final stats-- 54 DUI, 559 accidents 2 fatals, 1321 Speeding arrests, 214 seatbelt arrests.
The Thanksgiving enforcement project continued through Sunday evening. Troopers encountered a much higher than normal volumne of traffic during this holiday weekend.
Operation S.A.N.T.A. ( STOP ANOTHER NEEDELSS TRAGIC ACCIDENT ) will continue right through New Years 2007.
Lt. J. Paul Vance