Connecticut State Police conducts holiday traffic enforcement

HARTFORD, CT – On Friday, Connecticut State Police were out in force as they increased the number of patrols this Thanksgiving weekend.

As the number of people driving on the roadways was more than the normal routine, police were focusing on seat belt use and driving under the influence.

Thanksgiving weekend is one of the busiest weekends of the year on the roads that is the reason why the police have increased patrols through Sunday to keep roads and the people driving as safe as possible.

Steven Stebbins, State Police Trooper said, “Traffic is picked up, there’s a lot of heavy travel, and we just want to cut down on accidents”. On Friday, Stebbins was looking for drivers driving their vehicles at high speed and he used a radar gun to determine the drivers’ speed.

The number of speeding tickets written by the State police since Wednesday was more than 300 and 20 driving under the influence arrests were made. Police also handed out more than 600 other tickets for incidents such as unsafe lane change, following too closely and cell phone use while driving.

Police asked drivers who were planning to drive over the weekend to be extra careful.

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