MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut State Police increased patrols for this Fourth of July weekend, enforcing traffic laws and reporting to crashes.
Between 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, and 12 a.m. Monday, July 6, CSP were called to around 6,520 calls for service. They responded to around 271 crashes, 49 with injuries, one with serious injuries – a motorcyclist who was ejected from his bike during an accident in Orange Saturday – and one fatal in Willington.
State Police have arrested 29 drivers for DUI; nine of those arrests stemmed from car crashes. 279 speeding citations and 12 citations for failure to wear a seat-belt were issued.
Additionally, Troopers issued 748 tickets for hazardous moving violations (including unsafe lane change, following too closely, ect…).
During the Fourth of July weekend in 2019, there were 7,184 calls for service, 248 investigated crashes with 51 injuries, and no fatalities. 50 people were arrested for DUI during the holiday weekend in 2019. Troopers also handed out more than 650 speeding tickets, and 75 seatbelt violations.
“We want them to ditch the distraction,” says Trooper Pedro Muniz. “Don’t drink and drive.”
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With the state’s COVID-19 infection rate below 1%, many are looking to ditch the quarantine and spend the holiday with family and friends. Muniz says people should do so with caution.
“Make sure you’re not using illegal fireworks. Make sure you’re not using any fireworks,” continued Muniz. “The sparklers and the fountains that are legal here in Connecticut, don’t use them while drinking.”
The State Police also recommend leaving home early to allow yourself plenty of time to arrive on time with patience and caution.