The July 4th holiday weekend is upon us, with families and friends expected to travel in and through our state for outings, picnics and other summer festivities. Often, these social activities include an increase in alcohol consumption. ONE drunk driver on the road can turn a festive, enjoyable summer event into a tragedy.
The Connecticut State Police will be on patrol for the July 4th Holiday weekend with an increased number of troopers patrolling the highways and roads of our state. Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) will be in effect, starting July 3rd and running through midnight July 7th.
Troopers will use all tools in the toolbox to enhance safety and enforce the laws across the state. Lasar speed measuring units will be utilized to enforce speed on highways and secondary roads. Troopers will be strategically placed to reduce speeds on the highways and roadways during the holiday period.
In addition, Connecticut State Troopers will operate sobriety checkpoints in numerous locations in Connecticut. Sites for concentrated enforcement operations will be chosen where troopers experience a high number of alcohol-involved crashes and incidents.
On July 4, 5 and 6, there will be roving patrols on Interstates 84 and 91 in Hartford, West Hartford, East Hartford, Manchester and Windsor. On July 7 there will be roving patrols and sobriety checkpoints along interstates 84 and 91 in Hartford, West Hartford, East Hartford, Manchester and Windsor.
On July 3 and July 4, there will be roving patrols along Interstate 84 and routes 30, 32, 44, 74, 83, 190 and 195 in Ashford, Ellington, Mansfield, Somers, Stafford, Tolland, Union and Willington. There is a DUI Sobriety Checkpoint scheduled along Route 83 near the Big Y Plaza in Ellington.
For a complete list of checkpoints please click HERE.
As always, the Connecticut State Police is doing everything possible to prevent accidents - especially fatal crashes – on Connecticut's roads and highways. Troopers will utilize (as appropriate) aircraft, laser units, andboth marked and unmarked State Police Patrol cars to enhance safety and to remove all drunk drivers from Connecticut's roads.
"Wear your seatbelt, it can save your life. Please remember that courtesy on the highway can be contagious," Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection Commissioner Dr. Dora B. Schriro urges all Connecticut drivers. "Set the example by obeying all traffic laws, and drive the speed limits."
During July 4th weekend last year, Connecticut State Police issued the following number of summons: 2,491 for speeding; 65 DUI; and 534 seatbelt arrests. State Police investigated 370 motor vehicle crashes, 55 with injury, but no fatal crashes. Troopers also issued 5,737 tickets for other hazardous moving violations.
"Connecticut drivers can help State Troopers keep our highways safe by setting an example," Colonel Brian Meraviglia, Commander of the Connecticut State Police, said. "Drive the speed limit, don't drink alcohol and drive, and immediately report a suspected drunk drivers to police by calling 911, as this is a true emergency."