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Connecticut State Police Patch STATE OF CONNECTICUT
Department of Public Safety
1111 Country Club Road
Middletown, Connecticut 06457
 
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 26, 2008
at 8 a.m.
State Police Holiday "Calls for Service" Statistics
   Below are the statistics for the State Police "calls for services" from a period starting on December 24th, 2008 and ending at the time noted at the top of this release
   The State Police responded to or created these stats by responding to incidents reported by the public or by conducting either motor vehicle or criminal enforcement.
TOTAL CALLS FOR SERVICE:   2,843
MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS:  170
                  WITH INJURIES:   16                      
        WITH SERIOUS INJURY:  none
      FATAL INVESTIGATIONS:    2  (12/24/08 Rt 15 exit 67 Meriden &  12/25/08 I91 exit 9 N. Haven) 
                       FATALITIES:    2
DWI ARRESTS:  17
TOTAL TICKETS ISSUED:    168
                   SPEEDING:     53
  SEAT BELT VIOLATION:       4
   ALL OTHER OFFENSES:    111
ASSIST TO MOTORISTS:     141
   Enhanced DUI enforcement will be constant over the entire holiday season. Traditionally, the month of December is the time that many holiday celebrations such as house and office parties take place. Many of these holiday parties may include the consumption of alcohol. Some partygoers will fail to heed the state police warning that mixing alcohol with the operation of any vehicle is unwise, dangerous and illegal.

   The Connecticut State Police have scheduled numerous DUI spot checks and enhanced enforcement operations on the roads and highways of Connecticut. Public Safety Commissioner John A. Danaher III said, “We are trying to save lives and keep all of our roads and highways safe. Any amount of alcohol never mixes with driving a vehicle anywhere in our State.”

   No one looks forward to spending time in a jail, a hospital or some place worse over the holidays.  Connecticut State Troopers will do everything they can to keep drunk drivers off the roads. The public is asked to join our effort. Anyone who plans to consume alcohol at any festive event should make plans in advance to have a sober, non-drinking driver bring them home. If anyone sees a “suspected” drunk driver, report it by calling 911, this is a true emergency.

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Lt. J. Paul Vance