State police begin holiday highway enforcement

Connecticut State Police will be operating roving patrols and conducting DUI checkpoints through Jan. 3, and ask motorists to combine careful planning with sensible driving to make for safer holiday trips during the busiest travel week of the year.

With lower gasoline prices this month, "many more travelers are expected to drive on Connecticut highways during the upcoming holidays," according to a Dec. 21 state police press release.

Col. Brian Meraviglia, commanding officer of the Connecticut Sate Police said troopers will be patrolling highways with "a keen focus on those driving with distractions and those operating under the influence" and asks motorists to do their part in helping keep the roadways safe.

State police ask motorists to follow all driving laws, including:

  • Driving the speed limit.

  • Keeping a safe distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you.

  • Ensuring that all passengers are wearing seat belts.

  • Signaling when turning, changing lanes or taking an exit.

  • Refraining from texting or using your phone.

  • Never consuming alcohol or prescription drugs before you get behind the wheel.

  • Moving over, when safe to do so, whenever law enforcement, fire trucks, ambulances or tow trucks are occupying a lane.

Drivers are also reminded to plan their trips with care by:

  • Filling the gas tank prior to your journey.

  • Checking windshield wipers, windshield wiper fluid and tire pressure.

  • Fully charging their cell phones.

  • Carrying winter blankets, drinking water and snacks

  • Checking traffic conditions before leaving home

  • Keeping a shovel and sand of salt in the trunk of their vehicles.

“Your cooperation is critical to ensuring the well-being of all who are driving our roads throughout the holiday week,” said Dora B. Schriro, commissioner of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection. " Whenever you get behind the wheel, the safety of the motoring public must be your top priority."

Click here for the list of patrols and checkpoints.