Tens of thousands of travelers are expected to hit Connecticut highways during one of the busiest travel weeks of the year, and state police will also hit the roads to ensure safe travels for all.
“Our troopers will be patrolling state highways with a keen focus on those driving with distractions and those operating under the influence,” said State Police Colonel George F. Battle. “Every driver has the opportunity to be our partner by obeying state laws on the road.”
State police urge motorists to follow all motor vehicle laws to keep themselves and other drivers safe.
The agency asked that drivers maintain the speed limit, keep a safe distance between cars, ensure all passengers are wearing seat belts, signal when turning or changing lanes or taking an exit, refrain from any kind of phone usage and never drink alcohol or consume drugs, including legally prescribed ones, before getting behind the wheel.
Before embarking on any journey, state police encourage drivers to fully charge their cellphone in case it’s needed during an emergency, pack winter blankets and water and snacks in the car, keep a shovel and sand or salt in the trunk of the car and make sure the gas tank is full.
Drivers should make sure to check their tire pressure, windshield wipers and windshield wiper fluid before leaving home, state police said. And when drivers spot first responders or tow trucks on the shoulder or blocking a lane, drivers should remember the Move Over Law and reduce speed below the posted speed limit and move over one lane so long as it is safe to do so.
“Please give them room to do their job efficiently and safely,” state police said.
And two major things to check before hopping in the car to go anywhere are traffic and weather.
“We ask that all motorists pay attention to weather forecasts before they head for their destinations and always use caution while traveling on Connecticut roads,” Battle said. “If you get behind the wheel, please make the safety of those on the road your top priority.”
Patrols and checkpoints
Roving patrols and DUI checkpoints began Friday, Dec. 21, and will continue through Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. Current and upcoming patrols and checkpoints are:
- Through Thursday, Dec. 26: Roving DUI enforcement patrols from the greater Waterbury area to the greater Danbury area between 7 p.m. and 4 a.m.
- Sunday, Dec. 30: DUI sobriety checkpoint on Route 67 and intersection of Mountain Road in Oxford between 7 p.m. and 3 a.m.
- Tuesday, Dec. 27, to Wednesday, Jan. 2: Roving DUI enforcement patrols from the greater Waterbury area to the greater Danbury area between 7 p.m. and 4 a.m.
- Thursday, Dec. 29: Roving DUI enforcement patrols on highways and rural roads in Tolland County between 7 p.m. and 3 a.m.
- Monday, Dec. 31: Roving DUI enforcement patrols on highways and rural roads in Tolland County between 7 p.m. and 3 a.m.
- Wednesday, Dec. 28: DUI sobriety checkpoint on Route 66 between Jackson Hill Road and Peters Lane in Middlefield between 7 p.m. and 3 a.m.
- Thursday, Dec. 29: Roving DUI enforcement patrols on Interstate 95 and Route 9.
- Friday, Dec. 30: Roving DUI enforcement patrols on Interstate 95 and Route 9.
- Tuesday, Dec. 27: Roving patrols on Route 15 in the North Haven area between 7 p.m. and 3 a.m.
- Wednesday, Dec. 28: Interstate 691 in the Meriden area near Interstate 91 between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m.
- Through Thursday, Dec. 26: Roving DUI enforcement patrols on Routes 4, 6, 7, 8, 45, 47, 61, 63, 64, 72, 109, 132, 202, 254 and 341 between 7 p.m. and 4 a.m.