More than 300 accidents, nearly 5,000 citations so far this Memorial Day weekend

Between midnight Thursday, May 26, and 10 a.m. Sunday, May 29, Connecticut State Police have responded to more than 300 motor vehicle accidents and issued nearly 5,000 citations, according to the Connecticut Post.

Of the 316 motor vehicle accidents so far this Memorial Day weekend, 53 were with injuries and there was one fatality involving a 27-year-old Bridgeport man who was struck by two cars on Route 8 in Waterbury Saturday morning.

According to Connecticut State Police’s May 25 press release, troopers are concentrating enforcement on all hazardous moving violations, seatbelt use and illegal cell phone use this Memorial Day weekend and employing “all methods of enforcement to increase highway safety,” including:

  • Laser units for speed enforcement.

  • Highway and roadways patrols in marked and unmarked police vehicles.

  • Sobriety checkpoints at several locations throughout the state.

State police have issued approximately 3,130 citations for unsafe lane changes, following too closely, and cell phone use; 962 for speeding, 723 for seat-belt violations, and 38 for driving under the influence.

Last Memorial Day weekend, Connecticut State Police arrested 57 drunk drivers, charged 1,254 motorists with speeding, 1,454 with seat-belt violations, and 4,548 with hazardous moving violations; and investigated 285 accidents — 49 with injury and two with fatalities.