Connecticut State Police to step up patrols during July 4 holiday

Connecticut State Troopers are preparing for this year’s long weekend filled with Fourth of July celebrations. Troopers are stepping up patrols as thousands of drivers will be traveling the roads and highways across the state.

With July 4th falling on a Thursday, this will likely translate into a four-day weekend for many as they go on beach outings, attend cookouts and enjoy fireworks. Troopers expect traffic to increase accordingly by the evening of Wednesday, July 3rd, and continuing through the evening of Sunday, July 7. State Troopers will also be on the state roads, ensuring safe driving, conducting DUI roving patrols and spot checks over the holiday weekend (see attached roving patrols and checkpoints).

Troopers will consistently work toward preventing accidents on Connecticut’s roads and highways. They remind drivers that obeying the rules of the road is everyone’s responsibility: buckle up, adhere to the speed limit, put down cell phones, and please concentrate on the primary job when behind the wheel - driving.

Those who who plan to drink alcohol should designate a driver so that this festive, enjoyable holiday period does not turn into a tragedy. Please do not drink and drive as 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.

As a reminder please remember to always obey the Move Over Law. The Move Over Law requires “Any operator of a motor vehicle on a highway when approaching one or more emergency vehicles that are stationary or traveling significantly below the posted speed limit and located on the shoulder, lane or breakdown lane of such highway shall (1) immediately reduce speed to a reasonable level below the posted speed limit, and (2) if traveling in the lane adjacent to the shoulder, lane or breakdown lane containing such emergency vehicle, move such motor vehicle over one lane, unless such movement would be unreasonable or unsafe.”

During the July 4, 2018, weekend, Connecticut State Troopers issued 995 tickets for speeding, 2,530 tickets for moving violations (to include: unsafe lane change, following too closely, cellphone use, texting, etc.), 124 tickets for seatbelt violations and made 38 arrests for driving under the influence. Troopers also investigated 489 motor vehicle crashes, 62 with injury, and three with fatalities.