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Connecticut State Police Stepping Up Patrols During Fourth Of July Weekend

Connecticut State Police Trooper Kelly Grant.
Connecticut State Police Trooper Kelly Grant. Photo Credit: Jay Polansky

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- With thousands of drivers planning to travel during the long holiday weekend, Connecticut state troopers are also preparing to patrol in increased numbers to keep roads and highways safe.

State police will participate in Operation C.A.R.E. – the Combined Accident Reduction Effort – starting at midnight on Sunday, July 3, and running through midnight on Tuesday, July 5.

During the initiative, troopers will be strategically placed to reduce speed on the highways and roadways.

Sobriety checkpoints will also be in operation at numerous locations.

Drivers can expect to experience concentrated enforcement operations in places where there have been a high number of alcohol-involved crashes and incidents.

Troopers will be utilizing laser units, along with both marked and unmarked patrol cars, to enhance safety and remove drunk drivers from Connecticut’s roads.

Dora B. Schriro, commissioner of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, is calling on residents to do their part, as well.

“Obeying the rules of the road is everyone’s responsibility,” she said. “We ask all drivers to buckle up, adhere to the speed limit, put down cell phones and please be courteous to other drivers."

Alaric J. Fox, commander of the Connecticut State Police, agreed.

“State Troopers depend on drivers to follow the law,” Fox said. “Please do not drink and drive, since that is a deadly combination. If you are on the road and suspect a drunk driver, please call 911, as this is a true emergency.”

Police ask that those planning on consuming alcohol designate a driver.

During last year’s Fourth of July weekend, Connecticut State Police issued 859 summons for speeding, and 33 more for driving under the influence.

State police investigated 170 motor vehicle crashes, including 48 with injuries and two fatalities.

Troopers also issued 2,461 tickets for other hazardous moving violations.

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