The Connecticut State Police Department, which boosted its patrols on state roads for the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend, was reporting two fatalities and had handed out over 600 speeding tickets as of Saturday morning.
The increased patrols began at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, and will conclude at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27.
Troopers are patrolling the roads and highways across Connecticut focusing on drunken driving violations and aggressive drivers.
These State Police statistics cover from midnight Nov. 23 to 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 26:
- Speeding violations: 638
- Seatbelt violations: 191
- Other hazardous moving violations: 1,755 (including unsafe lane change, following too closely, cellphone usage, texting, failure to signal, etc.)
- DUI arrests: 44
- Accidents investigated: 292, of which 31 had injuries and one accident with two fatalities
The accident occurred at 9:45 a.m. Friday, and the off-ramp was closed until about 1:30 p.m.
The two people killed were the driver, Warren Rynkar, 69, of Malden, Mass., and the lone passenger, John Rynkar, 26, of the same hometown, NBC said.
For comparison, here are the statistics for the entire 2015 Thanksgiving holiday:
- Speeding: 1,204
- Seatbelt Violations: 432
- Other Hazardous Moving Violations: 3,160, including unsafe lane change, following too closely, cell phone usage, texting, failure to signal, etc.
- DUI Arrests: 46
- Accidents Investigated: 513, 59 of which had Injuries, including one fatality
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