18 people charged with DUI over holiday

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – During an increased enforcement effort around New Year’s Day, eighteen individuals were charged by the Connecticut State Police for driving under the influence. The state police also issued 560 speeding tickets to individuals who were driving their vehicles at high speed.

Last years, fewer individuals were charged for DUI and speeding tickets were issued to less people as compared to this year.

On Monday, extra patrols started and ended on Thursday morning.

Troopers also issued 1,040 citations for hazardous moving violations, issued 16 tickets for failure to wear seat belts and responded to eighty four accidents in which 18 accidents caused injuries. Nobody died in the accidents that occurred during the time period of the enforcement effort.

Troopers are glad the message against drinking and driving appears to be getting through, said State police Lt. J. Paul Vance.

Twenty eight individuals were charged for driving while intoxicated and 572 individuals were issued speeding tickets for driving at high speed by the troopers during last year’s New Year’s enforcement. State police also wrote nearly 1,280 tickets for hazardous moving violations and fifty two tickets for seat belt violations to individuals who were not wearing seatbelts while driving.

News Source: www.WTNH.com

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