Take C.A.R.E.

Accompanied by one of those acronyms it seems only bureaucrats can come up with — Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) — state police officials are putting out the usual warning about drinking and driving and excessive speeds to motorists traveling the state’s highways before, during and after the July 4 holiday.

But, it is serious business.

“The July 4th holiday weekend is upon us, with families and friends expected to travel in and through our state for outings, picnics and other summer festivities,” says Lt. J. Paul Vance, the Connecticut State Police’s public information officer. “Oftentimes, these social activities include an increase in alcohol consumption. One drunk driver on the road can turn a festive, enjoyable summer event into a tragedy.”

State troopers will operate sobriety checkpoints in many locations. Sites for concentrated enforcement operations will be chosen where troopers experience a high number of alcohol-involved crashes and incidents, Lt. Vance said.

Over last year’s July 4 holiday period, state police issued the following number of summonses: 2,491 for speeding; 65 DUI; and 534 seatbelt arrests. They investigated 370 motor vehicle crashes, 55 with injury, but no fatal crashes. Troopers also issued 5,737 tickets for other hazardous moving violations.