State police to employ 'all methods of enforcement' this weekend

Connecticut State Troopers are preparing for Memorial Day weekend and asking drivers to utilize courteous driving skills, plan for traffic delays, and make safety their top priority.

To ensure safe travel, Connecticut State Police have some safety tips and laws for drivers to remember:

  • Buckle up.

  • Obey speed limits.

  • Don't follow too close.

  • Remove distractions while driving.

  • Stay off cell phones.

  • Never drink and drive.

According to Connecticut State Police's May 25 press release, troopers will concentrate enforcement on all hazardous moving violations, seatbelt use and illegal cell phone use this Memorial Day weekend, and 
employ " 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.

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

Connecticut State Police Troop G, which covers lower Fairfield County, will have roving patrols on Route 8, 15 and 25 and Interstate 95 from May 26 to May 28.

Sobriety checkpoints will be set up at the following locations across the state on the following days:

  • May 27: Route 83 at the Meadow Brook Plaza in Ellington.

  • May 28: Waterbury Road near the intersection of Frost Bridge Road in Thomaston.

  • May 28: Interstate 95 in the area of exit 48 on ramp I in Enfield.

"Good driving skills, and patience, are essential to avoiding tragedies on Connecticut’s highways," according to Connecticut State Police, and the enforcement efforts of troopers — along with law-abiding drivers — are "vital to maintaining danger-free roads for drivers and passengers."

As part of its efforts, Connecticut State Police will participate in the National Combined Accident Reduction Effort (C.A.R.E.) program this weekend, along with other state police agencies across the country.

The C.A.R.E. program, designed to enhance safety in all states by concentrating on DUI and seatbelt enforcement laws, will begin Thursday, May 26, and continue until midnight Monday, May 30.