State troopers prepare for Memorial Day

Connecticut State Troopers are preparing for increased traffic during Memorial Day weekend and for summer celebrations and vacations.

State troopers ask all drivers to utilize courteous driving skills, plan for traffic delays and make safety their top priority whenever they get behind the wheel.  These actions will ensure safe travel to and from destinations.

Some safety tips — and laws — to remember: Buckle up, obey speed limits, don’t follow too closely, remove distractions while driving, stay off the cellphone, and never drink and drive.

Connecticut drivers are asked to set an example for others by obeying all traffic laws.  Together, State Troopers and state residents can keep Connecticut’s roadways safe for all.

During Memorial Day weekend motorists should be aware that Connecticut State Troopers will employ all methods of enforcement to increase highway safety. State troopers will use laser units for speed enforcement, as well as marked & unmarked, non-traditional police vehicles to patrol our highways and roadways.  

Good driving skills, and patience, are essential to avoiding tragedies on Connecticut’s highways. The enforcement efforts of troopers — along with drivers who follow state law — are vital to maintaining danger-free roads for drivers and passengers.

As part of its efforts, the Connecticut State Police will participate in the National CARE (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) program over Memorial Day Weekend. The goal is to join state police agencies across the country to enhance safety in all states. Motorists are reminded to expect heavy traffic, exercise caution and allow extra time to reach their destination.  

The Operation CARE holiday weekend will begin on Thursday, May 26, and will continue until midnight Monday, May 30.  Connecticut State Troopers are joining all state police agencies across the country, concentrating on enforcement of DUI and safety belt laws during the entire holiday weekend.

Troopers will concentrate enforcement on all hazardous moving violations, seatbelt use and illegal cell phone use. Sobriety checkpoints will be set up at several locations throughout the state over the holiday weekend.

A reminder to obey all traffic laws, pay attention to your speed and if you plan to drink, designate a driver. If you see a suspected drunk driver report it immediately by calling 911, as this is a true emergency.

During Memorial Day Weekend 2015, Connecticut State Troopers arrested 57 drunk drivers, charged 1,254 motorists with speeding,  1,454 with seatbelt violations and 4,548 with hazardous moving violations. In addition, Troopers investigated 285 motor vehicle accidents, 49 of those with injury and 2 with fatality were reported.