State police ramp up enforcement for July 4th weekend

Connecticut State Police will increase enforcement and concentrate their efforts on intoxicated drivers this Fourth of July weekend.

State police anticipate increased traffic Friday, July 1, through the evening of Monday, July 4, and have started increasing roadway patrols on Thursday, June 30. Troopers will utilize laser units and both marked and unmarked patrol cars to enhance safety and catch intoxicated drivers.

Troop G, which covers lower Fairfield County, will have roving patrols on Interstate 95 and Routes 8, 15 and 25 on July 1, 2 and 4.

State police will participate in Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) Sunday, July 3, through midnight on Tuesday, July 5, with troopers strategically placed on the highways and roadways in an effort to reduce speed.

Last Fourth of July weekend, state police arrested 33 intoxicated drivers, investigated 170 motor vehicle crashes — 48 with injury and two fatalities, issued 859 speeding tickets and 2,461 tickets for other hazardous moving violations.