Conn. (WTNH) – State Troopers are out patrolling the highways and other state roads this Labor Day holiday weekend to protect the public.

State Police said the number of cars on the roads will be up due to the three-day holiday weekend.

As of 7 a.m. Sunday, troopers responded to 205 accidents with serious injuries in two of them.

One accident occurred at 3:36 a.m. Saturday on Route 72 eastbound just prior to Route 9 south in New Britain, according to state police. It was one car with five teenage occupants. The driver, 19-year-old Vicente Estrada of New Britain, suffered minor injuries, but one passenger, 17-year-old Maylin Plaza-Perez of New Britain, was seriously injured and taken to New Britain Hospital.

The three other passengers, all from New Britain, were not injured. State police said the car struck a guardrail then crossed the roadway, struck a concrete bridge support, then traveled back across the roadway and truck a guardrail before coming to a stop. The cause is under investigation.

Another accident occurred at 2:28 a.m. Saturday in Trumbull, a car with five 18 and 19-year-old teens struck a wooden guardrail on the Route 15 north Exit 48 on-ramp. The car went up an embankment where it came to a stop and caught on fire. The driver, 19-year-old Grayson Kilmartin of Ridgefield, was not seriously injured. However, several of the passengers were seriously injured, including one who suffered a skull fracture and broken neck.

Troopers have also arrested 20 people for DUI of which six of them involved accidents. Troopers have issued 166 speeding citations.

In total there have been 403 traffic violations with citations being issued for not wearing a seatbelt, unsafe lane change, following too closely, moving over, and distracted driving. The statistics do not mention the use of cell phones specifically.

This year’s Labor Day enforcement period began at midnight Friday and goes to 11:59 p.m. Monday.

Stats from 2021 Labor Day Weekend:
Calls for service: 6,296
Speeding: 515
Seatbelt violations: 19
Total traffic violations: 282
DUI arrests: 41
Motor vehicle accidents: 406
With severe injury: 2
Fatalities: 3