WINDSOR, Conn. (WTNH) — A big speeding and D.U.I. crackdown begins on the entire Interstate Highway System across the New England region today. Specifically here in Connecticut; I-95, I-91, I-84 and I-395.
According to the ‘Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’ 276 people were killed in car and truck crashes in 2013.
What’s called the seasonal change in driving habits has begun with highway speeds now sometimes routinely topping 85 miles per hour. It’s risky business. Your chances of being killed in an auto crash at 65 or higher are greater than at any other speed.
“Speeding is one of the most significant contributing factors to crash severity and traffic fatalities throughout New England and the nation,” said Michael Geraci, the Regional Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
With a massive show of troopers and police hardware from all six New England States, the ‘New England Drive to Save Lives’ campaign was launched today. Governor Malloy was at the kickoff and said, “For the first time in a real concerted way, border to border, we’re working together.”
After speeding the next biggest factor in highway fatalities is ‘Driving under the influence.’ And special vans will be deployed on a regular basis, in all six states. Vans where violators of the D.U.I. laws can be processed right on the spot. They contain breathalizer machines for testings. A ‘holding cell’ where a driver who measures higher than .08 can be held until someone comes to pick them up. Plus an area where troopers can finish all the paperwork and quickly get back out on the road.
The first phase of the campaign will be conducted by the six State Police agencies on the major interstate highways throughout the region.
Subsequent phases will include all New England Law Enforcement agencies willing to participate on state highways and secondary roads. Targeted to places where traffic conditions and previous accidents dictate.