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STATE POLICE PREPARE FOR THANKSGIVING ROAD SAFETY




STATE OF CONNECTICUT
Department of Emergency Services &
Public Protection
Connecticut State Police
Public Information Office
 
Connecticut State Police Patch
Dr. Dora B. Schriro
Commissioner
Colonel Alaric J. Fox
Deputy Commissioner
Division of State Police
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 20, 2017


STATE POLICE PREPARE FOR THANKSGIVING ROAD SAFETY


MIDDLETOWN, CT (November 20, 2017) : With tens of thousands of travelers driving through Connecticut during the Thanksgiving weekend, State Police are ramping up their plans to keep highways safe for all during the holiday rush.


Beginning on November 22, 2017, at 00:01 a.m. and running through Nov. 26, 2017, at 11:59 p.m., Connecticut State Police will supplement its normal routine patrol personnel with additional Troopers throughout the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Across the state, Troopers will patrol roads and highways across Connecticut, and will focus on aggressive drivers, unsafe drivers, and drunk drivers.

Troopers are committed to reducing crashes through preventive enforcement initiatives such as roving DUI patrols.

Troopers will also be looking for violators who cause accidents on Connecticut roads and highways. Every effort to reduce accidents will be taken; however, Connecticut residents are asked to be a part of the public safety solution by obeying traffic laws: don’t follow too close, drive the speed limit, stay off your cell phone while driving and, if you drink, then please do not drive.

Residents should remind all young people, especially college students returning home for the holiday weekend, of the laws regarding alcohol consumption and drinking and driving.

Patrol Troopers will use traditional and non-traditional patrol cars to observe traffic and issue tickets to reckless and distracted drivers.  A reminder to all drivers: anyone who is consuming alcohol should never get behind the wheel. If you see a suspected drunk driver, call 911, this is a true emergency.

Roving DUI Patrols and Spot Checks approximately 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.:

Troop A – Southbury

Wednesday, November 22 through Saturday, Nov. 25

Roving Patrols - Interstate 84 in greater Waterbury area and greater Danbury area

Troop B – North Canaan

Wednesday, November 22 through Saturday, Nov. 25

Roving Patrols – Route 8 Corridor between exit 43 in Torrington to the Massachusetts State Line in Colebrook, Routes 44 and 7 in Canaan/Salisbury, Routes 202 and 44 in New Hartford, Routes 4 and 63 in Goshen and Routes 272 and 44 in Norfolk.


Troop C – Tolland

Wednesday, November 22 through Saturday, Nov. 25

Roving Patrols – Within Greater Troop C patrol area

Troop D - Danielson
Wednesday, November 22 – Roving Patrols – Within Greater Troop D patrol area

Friday, November 24 – Roving Patrols – Within Greater Troop D patrol area

Saturday, November 26 - Troopers from Troop D will conduct a DUI/Sobriety Checkpoint in on Route 101 in Killingly, in the vicinity of Route 12, from 6:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. Plus Roving Patrols – Within Greater Troop D patrol area

Sunday, November 26 – Roving Patrols – Within Greater Troop D patrol area


Troop E - Montville
Wednesday, November 22 through Sunday, November 26
Roving DUI patrols I-395 exit 9 - exit 18, I-95 in the area of the Goldstar Bridge and exit 83-84, Route 164, Griswold & Preston areas and Route 2 North Stonington area.

Troop F – Westbrook

Wednesday, November 22 - Roving Patrols – Interstate 95 and Routes 1 and 9 within Greater Troop F patrol area 

Thursday, November 23 – Roving Patrols – Route 66 in Middlefield and Route 9 within Greater Troop F patrol area

Friday, November 25 – Roving Patrols – Interstate 95 and Routes 1 and 9 within Greater Troop F patrol area

Saturday, November 26 – Roving Patrols - Route 66 in Middlefield and Route 9 within Greater Troop F patrol area

Troop G – Bridgeport

Wednesday, November 22 - I-95, I-91 and Route 34 in the greater New Haven area.


Friday, November 24 - I-95, Route 8 and Route 25 in the Bridgeport, Stratford, Trumbull area.


Saturday, November 25 - I-95 in the Stamford, Norwalk, Greenwich area, and Route 7 in the Norwalk area.


Sunday, November 26 - Route 15 (Merritt Parkway) from New York State Line to the Sikorsky Bridge.

Troop H – Hartford

Wednesday, November 22 – Roving Patrols – Interstates 84, 91, 291 and 384 and Routes 2 and 9 within greater Troop H patrol area

Friday, November 24 – Roving Patrols – Interstates 84, 91, 291 and 384 and Routes 2 and 9 within greater Troop H patrol area

                         

Saturday, November 25 – DUI Sobriety Checkpoint – Interstate 91, southbound exit 48 on ramp from Route 220 in Enfield. This will be in conjunction with the Breath Alcohol Testing Mobile Unit


Sunday, November 26 – Roving Patrols – Interstates 84, 91, 291 and 384 and Routes 2 and 9 within greater Troop H patrol area

Troop I – Bethany

Wednesday, November 22 to Saturday, November 25
Roving Patrols – Within Greater Troop I patrol area

Troop K – Colchester

Wednesday, November 22 – Roving Patrols - Routes 2 and 66 in Greater Troop K patrol area

Friday, November 24 – Roving Patrols - Routes 6, 11 and 85 in Greater Troop K patrol area                                                                                         

Saturday, November 25 – Roving Patrols - Routes 11, 85, and 384 in Greater Troop K patrol area

Sunday, November 26 – Roving Patrols - Routes 2 and 66 in Greater Troop K patrol area



Troop L - Litchfield
Wednesday, November 22 to Sunday, November 26
DUI roving patrols on the Route 8 Corridor between exits 37 in Watertown to Exit 42 in Harwinton, Routes 6 & 64 in Woodbury, Routes 202 & 254 in Litchfield, Routes 7 & 341 in Kent, Routes 63 & 109 in Morris, Routes 45 & 47 in Washington, Routes 132 & 61 in Bethlehem, Route 4 Burlington / Harwinton, Route 72. Harwinton




These 2016 State Police stats cover the time period starting at midnight on 11/23/16 to 11/27/16 9:00 a.m:


SPEEDING violations:      896

SEATBELT violations:       311

OTHER HAZARDOUS violations:  2,503

(to include unsafe lane change, following too closely, cell phone usage, texting, failure to signal, etc.)

DUI arrests:                      51

ACCIDENTS investigated:  392   

            w/injury:               42  

            fatality:                   1

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