State Police Gear Up For Holiday Highway Enforcement
This article was published on: 12/19/18 8:11 PM by Mike Minarsky
(MIDDLETOWN, CT – December 19, 2018) – In preparation for the Christmas holiday week, Connecticut State Troopers remind motorists that combining careful planning with sensible driving will lead to safer road trips for those making a trek during one of the busiest travel weeks of the year. Tens of thousands of travelers are expected to drive on Connecticut highways during the upcoming holidays. State Police ask motorists to follow all motor vehicle laws, as their behavior on the roads is essential to keeping potential hazards at a distance. Simply putting traffic laws into practice will prevent accidents and save lives: Drive the speed limit. Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you. Ensure that all passengers are wearing seatbelts. Signal when turning, changing lanes or taking an exit. Refrain from texting or using your phone. Never consume alcoholic beverages or drugs, including those legally prescribed, before you get behind the wheel. Immediately reduce speed to a reasonable level below the posted speed limit or move over one lane (whenever safe to do so) whenever law enforcement, fire trucks, ambulances or tow trucks are occupying a lane. Please give them room to do their job efficiently and safely. Drivers are also reminded to plan their trips with care: Fill the gas tank prior to your journey. Check windshield wipers, windshield wiper fluid and tire pressure. Fully charge your cell phone. Carry winter blankets, drinking water and snacks. Check traffic and weather conditions before leaving home. Keep a shovel and sand or salt in the trunk of your vehicle.