|STATE OF CONNECTICUT
Department of Public Safety
1111 Country Club Road
Middletown, Connecticut 06457
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 25, 2011
As we begin this Labor Day Holiday, the State Police enforcement operation is designed to remind all motorists to plan ahead: if you drink, don’t drive.
The Connecticut State Police will participate in the National C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) program over this Labor Day Weekend. The goal of this operation is 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.
The Operation C.A.R.E. holiday weekend will begin on Friday Sept 2, 2011, and will continue until midnight Monday Sept 5, 2011. Connecticut State Troopers are joining all New England State Police Departments concentrating on enforcement of DUI and safety belt laws during the entire holiday weekend.
Over Labor Day Weekend in 2010, Connecticut State Police investigated 265 motor vehicles accidents, TWO fatal crashes.
Connecticut State Troopers will be on patrol over the entire holiday weekend. This safety campaign, as the summer season comes to a close, is ongoing and will continue into the fall months. The goal of the Connecticut State Police enforcement effort is to rid the roads of aggressive and impaired drivers. During Labor Day Weekend of 2010, the State Police arrested 72 drunk drivers, charged 1,940 motorists with speeding, and 283 with seatbelt violations. During Labor Day Weekend 2011, Troopers will concentrate enforcement on all hazardous moving violations, seatbelt use and illegal cell phone use!! Sobriety checkpoints will be set up at several locations throughout the state over the holiday weekend. SEE LIST ATTACHED.
Remember, obey all traffic laws and pay attention to your speed, don’t drink and drive. If you see a suspected drunk driver report it immediately by calling 911. The click word for all motorists and their passengers for the weekend should be, “BUCKLE UP, DON’T MIX ALCHOL AND DRIVING, AND STAY OFF THE CELL PHONE IT’S THE LAW”.
Lt. J. Paul Vance