FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Connecticut State Troopers remind motorists that combining careful planning with sensible driving will lead to safer holiday travel for all making a trek during the busiest travel week of the year.
State police will be carefully monitoring state roadways during the holidays, including roving patrols and DUI checkpoints.
Many travelers are expected to hit Connecticut highways during the upcoming holidays. Simply putting traffic laws into practice will prevent accidents and save lives. They include:
- Drive the speed limit.
- Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you.
- Ensure that all passengers are wearing seatbelts.
- Signal when turning, changing lanes or taking an exit.
- Refrain from texting or using your phone.
- Never consume alcohol or prescription drugs before you get behind the wheel.
- Move over whenever law enforcement, fire trucks, ambulances or tow trucks are occupying a lane.
- Fill the gas tank prior to your journey.
- Check windshield wipers, windshield wiper fluid and tire pressure.
- Fully charge your cell phone.
- Carry winter blankets, drinking water and snacks
- Check traffic conditions before leaving home
- Keep a shovel and sand or salt in the trunk of your vehicle.
Last year, five people died on Christmas in motor vehicle accidents. There were 461 accidents, and 40 arrests for driving under the influence.