Connecticut State Police responded to 447 motor vehicle accidents, issued more than 4,111 citations, and arrested 51 intoxicated drivers this Memorial Day weekend.

Seventy-four of the accidents 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 the morning of Saturday, May 28. There were 162 more accidents this Memorial Day weekend than last year, but one less fatality.

According to Connecticut State Police’s May 25 press release, troopers concentrated enforcement on all hazardous moving violations, seatbelt use and illegal cell phone use this holiday weekend and employed "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.


Of the citations issued by state police this holiday weekend, 1,263 were for speeding and 903 were for seat-belt violations. Although there were nine more speeding tickets this year, there were 551 fewer seat-belt violations than last year.

The number of DUI arrests this holiday weekend was six less than last year.