FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Careful planning and sensible driving will get Fairfield County drivers further during the holiday, the Connecticut State Police reminded residents.
This is the year's busiest travel week, and with lower gas prices, even more travelers are anticipated to be on the roads during the holiday season.
State police will use roving patrols and DUI checkpoints from Dec. 23 through Jan. 3 as patrols are stepped up on Interstates 84 and 95, the Merritt Parkway and Routes 7, 8, 25 and 34 across Fairfield County.
In a recent news release, the state police ask for cooperation in keeping potential hazards at bay. They include this advice:
- Don't speed.
- Keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you.
- Make sure everyone wears a seat belt.
- Signal turns, lane changing and exiting.
- Don't text or talk on the phone while driving. It's illegal unless you're device is hands free.
- Don't consume alcohol or prescription drugs before you get behind the wheel.
- Move over when it's safe to do so, if law enforcement, fire trucks, ambulances or tow trucks are in your lane. "Please give them room to do their job efficiently and safely," the news release adds.
The state police also remind folks to plan their trips carefully:
- Fill the gas tank before you start out.
- Check your wipers, wiper fluid level and tire pressure.
- Fully charge your cell phone -- and bring a charger.
- Check traffic conditions before you leave.
- Keep blankets, water and snacks in your car, as well as a shovel and sand or salt in your trunk. The unexpected has to happen to someone.
“Your cooperation is critical to ensuring the well-being of all who are driving our roads throughout the holiday week,” said Dora Schriro, the commissioner of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection.
“Our troopers will be patrolling highways with a keen focus on those driving with distractions and those operating under the influence," said Col. Brian Meraviglia of the state police. "Please be our partner in keeping the roadways safe for all by obeying all rules of the road.”
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