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UPDATE: Holiday Weekend Saw Thousands of Arrests, Two Fatalities

Troopers arrested 1,376 drivers on speeding charges, and 417 for seatbelt violations

Lt. J. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police has some sobering statistics from the Thanksgiving weekend on our state’s roads.

State police stepped up their enforcement of drunken-driving violations, arrests of aggressive drivers, and tickets for seatbelt violations and inattentive driving.

Over the holiday weekend, troopers made 1,376 speeding arrests, and 417 seatbelt arrests.

They gave tickets for 2,745 other moving violations, including unsafe lane changes, following too closely, using cell phones while driving, and failing to signal, among others.

State police report 65 arrests charging driving while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.

They responded to 9,728 calls for service and investigated 389 accidents, 50 of which involved injuries. Two people died in crashes over the weekend. One was in Marlborough, at the intersection of Route 66 and Blackledge Drive, and the other was on Route 15 in East Hartford.

Last year over the same weekend, there were 2,255 speeding tickets, 151 seatbelt violations, 3,411 hazardous moving violations, 80 DUI charged, 391 accidents including 57 injuries, and one fatality.

Corey Sipe November 27, 2011 at 03:09 PM
I wish they would break down the statistics by county, town, and highway. Also, a breakdown of speeding tickets, how fast folks were going vs. the posted limit. In the end, I'd like to know how much the state "collects" after a holiday weekend, how many tickets residents pleaded guilty vs. non-guilty and how many were reduced in fine or dismissed. I really wish they would release daily statistics.
Carrie Jacobson November 28, 2011 at 03:22 PM
Wouldn't that be great?
tom November 28, 2011 at 05:08 PM
Unfortunately that won't ever happen, "we the people" would be statistically empowered and possibly be able to hold the authorities accountable for there actions and be able to monitor a cash source that they can abuse.
Corey Sipe November 28, 2011 at 05:54 PM
I challenge all of our local and state politicians to rise up and take steps to make our government more transparent.
Ryan November 28, 2011 at 07:39 PM
A couple weeks ago I saw a car that had driven off the road and hit a tree at the intersection of the 81 in Clinton and the 95, the car looked like if it had not hit the tree that it would have gone onto the freeway, does anyone have any details about the accident?

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