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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 28, 2009

                     

                      2009  ***UPDATED***  STATE POLICE "OPERATION SANTA" ENFORCEMENT and ACCIDENT STATS

   The Connecticut State Police continued the enforcement program throughout the weekend, designed to enhance public safety on highways and roadways in the state.  In addition to the regular patrol responsibilities, State Troopers concentrated patrol and enforcement efforts on roads and highways where crashes occurred involving alcohol. 

   The following data is an overview of accident investigations that were conducted and enforcement action that took place during Operation SANTA (Stop Another Needless Tragic Accident).

   These State Police stats are from 12:01 a.m. on 12/24/09 to 12:00 a.m. 12/27/09:


TOTAL ACCIDENTS  281
          With Injury    35            
          Fatalities       2
ENFORCEMENT TOTAL  
           
Speeding   468
           
Seatbelt      55                                    Drunk Driving Arrests   36                 Hazardous Moving Violations  814 

   As the New Year's Holiday approaches and celebrations are planned, State Police remind motorists not to mix alcohol with the driving of a vehicle.  State Poilce will be out in force over this holiday.  Any motorist who sees a suspected drunk driver should report it immediately this is a true emergency - contact the police by calling 911.  Be our eyes and ears out there - this will enhance highway safety and keep everyone safe.

   For comparison, the following are the 2008 Christmas Operation "SANTA" Stats

        MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS:  343
             
WITH INJURIES:   35
               
FATALITIES: 2
            ENFORCEMENT:
   
SPEEDING  426          
   
SEAT BELT  148
   
DWI 61
   
Total Hazardous Tickets Issued: 852        
   
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Lt. J. Paul Vance