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State Police Making Drunken Driving Arrests Over Thanksgiving Weekend

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

The Connecticut State Police Department, which boosted its normal patrol force for the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend, has already made 31 arrests for drunken driving as of Friday morning.

The increased patrols began at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday Nov. 23 and will conclude at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27, according to a statement from Trooper First Class Kelly Grant.

Troopers are patrolling the roads and highways across Connecticut focusing on drunken driving violations and aggressive drivers, she said.

These State Police statistics cover from midnight Nov. 23 to 8a .m. Nov. 25:

  • Speeding violations: 416
  • Seatbelt violations: 53
  • Other hazardous moving violations: 1,038 (includes unsafe lane change, following too closely, cell phone usage, texting, failure to signal, etc.)
  • DUI arrests: 31
  • Accidents investigated: 199, 15 of which had injuries (no fatalities reported)

For comparison, here are the statistics for the 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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